Bible Study Magazine is a new journal that comes out six times a year and just completed its first year with the Nov-Dec 2009 issue. Interestingly enough, it is published by a software company, Logos Bible Software. So there are currents flowing the other way!
This journal is very well done. The graphics are exceptional; highly useful as well as beautiful. For example, page 30 includes a graphic that quickly tells you how many early manuscripts of various ancient writings are available to scholars today: 6,000 of the canonical New Testament, but only 650 of the runner-up, Homer's Iliad, and just 4 of the Gospel of Thomas. On the next page a chart shows the number of manuscripts from the 5th century and earlier for each of the books of the New Testament.
The journal tends toward a high view of Scripture and excellent, contemporary scholarship. It includes interviews with practitioners of Biblical preaching and teaching, as well as articles the focus on books of the Bible and short passages. It is very useful, in my opinion, for anyone who takes seriously teaching Bible lessons in SS, leading a small group, preaching regularly to the same congregation, etc.
My hat is off to a software producer that sees a continuing role for print media in its mix of products. I think this kind of multi modal information service is probably the real future for publishing, computers, the Internet, etc.
For more information: www.biblestudymagazine.com
PS: I paid for my own subscription. The publisher gave me no incentive for my opinion.