We all need some way to sort the rubbish from good quality information and ideas. A quick Internet search of a technical term that you know something about soon reveals the extent of this problem. Scholars have traditionally relied on the processes of Journals and publishers to do this filtering. The way editors and editorial boards did this is called peer review. The idea is that a couple of experts read the material and decide whether it is valuable and should be published. (Usually this process is anonymous "blind reviewing" to try to avoid personal bias.)

Material published on the Internet, however, usually passes no such quality control. That is part of the fun - anyone can publish anything! It is easy and cheap.

For some purposes (students writing essays, Bible study leaders preparing...) we might prefer quality assured material. So, gradually some sites such as academic journals (like the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures) and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy have begun to publish material that has been read and approved by experts.

The Hypertext Bible Commentary and Hypertext Bible Dictionary series are quality assured in this way.

This site ( is not - although in 2005 when the Amos commentary was being peer reviewed the material in the Amos directory here was exactly the same as what is now the Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary!

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Copyright (c) Tim Bulkeley 2007