FAQ

What is The New Testament Gateway?
The New Testament Gateway is a comprehensive directory of academic internet resources related to the New Testament. It is divided into several sub-directories and dozens of pages, each relating to a specific topic. Every link is annotated. The annotations help users to pinpoint the information for which they are looking. The New Testament Gateway focuses on resources that will be of interest to both scholars and students of the New Testament.

Who is responsible for The New Testament Gateway?
The author is Dr Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor in the Dept of Religion at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. For more information about my publications and other internet resources, see my homepage. In 2009, I teamed up with Logos who are now working with me on the site.

In September 2009, Holger Szesnat joined the team as an associate editor.

Who is the web designer?
From the inception of The New Testament Gateway until June 2000, I did all the design work myself, hand-coding the HTML using simple text editors like “notepad”. From June 2000 until October 2001 Viola Goodacre (my wife) did a major redesign of the site. In 2009, I went into partnership with Logos. Logos are responsible for the excellent new design and restructure.

What is the history of The New Testament Gateway?
The New Testament Gateway began in 1997 as a “Useful Links” section on my homepage, largely for teaching purposes. By 1998 this section had grown big, so I loosed it off from the homepage and called it “Recommended New Testament Web Resources”. This proved to be a bit of a mouthful and in 1999 it became first “New Testament Web Resources” and finally The New Testament Gateway. During its life, the pages have multiplied and more are planned in the future. The site has evolved as people send me suggestions for improvement and as I notice holes that need filling. You can read more of my reflections on the site at my NT blog.

Who uses The New Testament Gateway?
The site currently gets between 40,000 and 80,000 visits a month, viewing between 100,000 and 200,000 pages between them. There are visitors from all over the globe including students and scholars, clergy, interested amateurs and those simply looking to be educated on a given topic. There is no typical user of The New Testament Gateway — background, religious affiliation, age, gender make no difference — but all share a common interest in studying the New Testament.

Where do you find the links?
The links come from a variety of sources. Some are sent by their authors (often via the suggestion form), some by others who just want to recommend a resource. Others come from the Academic E-Lists, often a good source of the latest information. Others are the result of my own surfing and research.

What are the criteria for selection?
The primary criterion for inclusion is the academic quality of the resource. In other words, a link to a site is added if it is likely to benefit scholars and students of the New Testament.

Why has my link not been included?
Some of the links that are not included are those that were not felt to be appropriate on an academic site like The New Testament Gateway. But it may be that a given link has not been included because I do not know about it or have forgotten about it. So please don’t be discouraged and, if necessary, submit your link again. I try to respond to all suggestions sent to me, but please be patient if I do not reply straight away — this and my other internet resources generate massive amounts of correspondence and I cannot guarantee speedy replies every time. Remember that I do not have administrative or secretarial back-up for the running of this site, and I also have a full time academic job!

There is a lot of material here. Where should I begin?
There is no recommended starting point. One person’s needs are different from another’s. If you have come here via a search engine, try using The New Testament Gateway’s own search engine to pinpoint the precise information you need. You can begin your search from any page. Alternatively, enjoy browsing through the topically organised pages. Other than the welcome page, the most popular pages here are the Historical Jesus and the Greek New Testament Gateway.

Is there anything on this site for beginners?
Since The New Testament Gateway is designed primarily with academics in mind, and given that I am a New Testament scholar myself, the site inevitably reflects this emphasis. However, the site also features links aimed specially at beginners and less advanced students. Every page features links that will interest not only professional scholars but also enthusiastic amateurs and beginning students. In particular, try the special section on General Introduction and Student Learning.

Can you help me with my homework?
One of the aims of The New Testament Gateway is to help students find the resources they need for their study. It is a notorious difficulty to find precise information on academic Biblical topics from one of the general search engines. The New Testament Gateway gathers together in one directory all the best resources to help overcome this difficulty. Although The New Testament Gateway can help you with your homework, I myself am not a homework service and I would be grateful if you avoid sending me your specific homework questions. If you do not find what you are looking for, either by browsing or searching the site, you might like to try other reputable sites listed on the General Resources page.

What is the religious standpoint of The New Testament Gateway?
The New Testament Gateway is an academic directory with no religious or non-religious affiliation of any kind. Sites are selected for inclusion solely on the basis of their academic quality without prejudice to any particular religious or non-religious viewpoint.

May I link to The New Testament Gateway?
Links to The New Testament Gateway are warmly encouraged.

How should I cite The New Testament Gateway?
To cite this page in student or scholarly work and publications, use the following formula:
Mark Goodacre, The New Testament Gateway, http://NTGateway.com, accessed on [give date].

May I copy pages or parts of pages from The New Testament Gateway?
You should not copy and reproduce entire pages or sections of pages from The New Testament Gateway without our permission. You may of course want to use the individual links here on your own site but you should not copy the structure, annotations and layout of The New Testament Gateway.

How can I find out when The New Testament Gateway is updated?
The best way to do this is to follow the NT Gateway blog. Details of the latest developments on the site are all found there.  You can also follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group.

Is there an Old Testament Gateway?
Yes, there are several useful internet directories which deal with the Hebrew Bible. Particularly recommended is iTanakh by Christopher Heard, a comprehensive, annotated directory of scholarly resources relating to the Hebrew Bible, and The Old Testament Gateway by Roy Nicholson. See too this web site’s annotated list of other useful Biblical Resource Index Pages.

Do you recommend a particular browser?
The New Testament Gateway compatible with different web browsers and it is regularly tested. Let us know if you have any problems viewing the site.

How can I help?
You can help build The New Testament Gateway in any of the following ways:

  • Please report any broken links you find. We work hard to keep The New Testament Gateway as up-to-date as possible. Every day, sites move or disappear and we appreciate your help in monitoring this.
  • Let us know about new sites, or sites that ought to be included in this ever-expanding directory.
  • Please continue to send your comments and suggestions for the improvement of the site. Or just let us know what you think about The New Testament Gateway.

Where do I send my comments and suggestions?
If your query is not answered here, please feel free to get in touch, especially if you have good ideas or suggestions. You can either send an Email to goodacre@duke.edu or you can click through on the site to our contact details. Thankyou for your help in building up and improving The New Testament Gateway.

What has happened to the old NT Gateway blog archives?
The old blog archives for the NT Gateway blog are at Mark Goodacre’s NT Blog.

What is the difference between Mark Goodacre’s NT Blog and the new NT Gateway blog?
The NT Gateway blog is focused on updates to the NT Gateway, along with announcements of general interest to scholars and students of the New Testament. Mark Goodacre’s NT Blog is a forum for my own research ideas and general commentary.

Where has the blogroll gone?
It is on my NT Blog.