If you don’t have the Theological Journal Library published by Hampton Keathley of Galaxie Software, you need to get it—period. These journals are without a doubt some of the best theological resources that you can get for the money. Volumes 1–9 are currently available, and Volume 10 should be coming out sometime in October (assuming Hampton is on the same schedule as last year). Each volume includes 50 journals (Volumes 1–5 are sold together and contain 250 journals), and the average cost per journal is just under $1 ($.67 if you buy the bundle).
Here’s what you get if you buy all 9 available volumes:
- Ashland Theological Journal 23–37 (1991–2005) | 15 Vols.
- Bible and Spade 1–12, 0–13 (1972–83, 1987–2000) | 26 Vols.
- Bibliotheca Sacra 91–162 (1934–2005) | 72 Vols.
- Chafer Theological Seminary Journal 1–9 (1995–2003) | 9 Vols.
- Christian Apologetics Journal 1–4 (1998–99, 2004–05) | 4 Vols.
- Conservative Theological Journal 1–8 (1997–2004) | 8 Vols.
- Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 1–10 (1996–2005) | 10 Vols.
- Emmaus Journal 1–13 (1991–2004) | 13 Vols.
- Faith and Mission 1–22 (1983–2005) | 22 Vols.
- Global Journal 1–2 (1998–99) | 2 Vols.
- Grace Journal 1–14 (1960–73) | 14 Vols.
- Grace Theological Journal 1–12 (1980–91) | 12 Vols.
- Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 1–10 (1995–2005) | 10 Vols.
- Journal of Christian Apologetics 1–2 (1997–98) | 2 Vols.
- Journal of Ministry and Theology 1–9 (1997–2005) | 9 Vols.
- Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 9–48 (1966–2005) | 40 Vols.
- Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society 1–18 (1988–2005) | 18 Vols.
- Master’s Seminary Journal 1–14 (1990–2003) | 14 Vols.
- Michigan Theological Journal 1–5 (1990–94) | 5 Vols.
- Reformation and Revival 1–13 (1992–2004) | 13 Vols.
- Reformed Baptist Theological Review 1–2 (2004–05) | 2 Vols.
- Review and Expositor 76–102 (1979–2005) | 27 Vols.
- Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 1–9 (1997–2005) | 9 Vols.
- Trinity Journal 1–25 (1980–2004) | 25 Vols.
- Westminster Theological Journal 1–67 (1938–2005) | 67 Vols.
That should be 450, but I’m counting only 448.
To the point of this post—Hampton gets numerous requests to add more journals to the series. One of the most frequent is for the earlier volumes of BibSac (1–90). Well, it looks like Hampton is working on this massive project. He’s acquired volumes 1–67, but is still looking for 68–90. So if you know how to get a hold of these, I’m sure he’d love to hear from you.
He was originally asking for volunteers to help, since each of these volumes is close to 800 pages. That’s 72,000 pages of material to scan, OCR, convert, tag, and proofread! But he’s since found a neat way to get these journals digitized and also to help to support some believers in the Philippines who need employment.
In a group email to those who volunteered to help, Hampton explained,
I was talking with a missionary from my church who is with REACH and was visiting for a couple weeks on furlough. I was telling him about my BibSac project, and he told me that he has a small operation in the Philippines where he provides work for Christians with college degrees and computer smarts. These guys are involved in discipleship and evangelism when not at work. And they need work or he’s going to have to let them go soon.
It doesn’t cost a whole lot to hire them full-time, so I think I’m going to kill two birds with one stone—support this missionary endeavor and do the BibSac project.
I’m not sure how soon these volumes are scheduled to be completed or when Hampton would release them. I wonder if he will include a handful in each year’s newest volume so as to keep the number at 50 journals per volume, or if he will increase that number to something like 60 or 75. Maybe he’ll start releasing a new set of 50 twice a year instead of annually. Perhaps he’ll wait and release these as a separate collection outside of the numbered series. Regardless, it’ll be great to have access to these journals, even if they are a bit dated.