Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Dissertations on-line

On Kaimoi, Ken Olson draws attention to his University of Maryland MA dissertation, now available on-line:

How Luke Was Written
Ken Olson

The dissertation will be of particular interest to those studying the Synoptic Problem, especially if you have not yet bought your copy of Questioning Q where a revised version of the above appears under the title "Unpicking on the Farrer Theory".

The dissertation is made available as part of DRUM (Digital Repository of the University of Maryland) and this kind of thing seems to be coming increasingly common, and it is to be welcomed. I am reminded that some while back Jacob Knee alerted me to a similar site for Canadian Theses:

Theses Canada

Included here for free is one I spent a bit of money on myself:

Robert Derrenbacker, "Ancient Compositional Practices and the Synoptic Problem" (Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of St. Michael's College, 2001)

This is well worth downloading and reading. In fact, I think I heard that it is on its way to becoming a book for ?Brill.

How much easier life is becoming, though, with dissertations available on-line now in university (and similar) repositories. Everyone gains -- the scholar and student wanting to consult it, the author who gets it more broadly known, the university which has its work on show.

3 comments:

Phil H. said...

Bob D.'s book on Q is forthcoming with Peeters. "Forthcoming" info from Peeters: Ancient Compositional Practices and the Synoptic Problem, Derrenbacker Jr., Series : Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium
Series number : 186

ISBN: 90-429-1637-0

Bob Derrenbacker said...

It is a little disconcerting to know that the National Library and Archives of Canada is now offering my dissertation as a free download. Apparently, four years after their submission, Canadian doctoral dissertations are available in this format. But as Phil H. has mentioned, my book is “forthcoming” from Peeters, nearly a year after I submitted the manuscript to them.

Michael Turton said...

Looks like the link has gone dead