I have been tagged by Doug Chaplin of MetaCatholic with a meme of three. Three rules, tag three people. If this were by post it would be illegal, but here goes anyone (because I am flattered to be tagged, that’s how needy I am).

Rule 1) List three reasons for your blogging.
Rule 2) List these rules.
Rule 3) Tag three others with the thread.

Working out of order, I have already complied with Rule 2. Now, to list my three reasons for blogging. The truth is, I could just nick Doug’s and it would be accurate.

  1. To hear myself think – Although I am now very fortunate to be at a university with several outstanding scholars in related fields, for years I was fairly alone academic wise. I had a great NT colleague, but there was no one directly in my field within an 8 hour drive. I thought that by blogging on my research I could connect with other folks in the field and feel more a part of an academic community. The sad truth is I don’t blog all that often specifically on my research and there aren’t all that many people working on rabbinica who blog (at least I haven’t found them).But the blog still serves as a sounding board for me. I throw out ideas and basically just think out loud, which is how I work best.
  2. To share ideas – I do feel that I occasionally have some useful things to say and that they needn’t always go through peer review and editors to get out there. The medium is now here so why not use it to share my thoughts on anything and everything.
  3. Community – Although I know of only a few people who are working in my specific academic field there are hundreds of you out here who now make up a community that I am very glad to be a part of and that I would miss if I were to stop. This became clear to me when so many of you asked about me during Katrina. And it is a wonderfully diverse and divergent group with interests ranging from biblical studies to political activism. I love it and thank you for letting me be a part of it.

Now, to show my thanks I will annoy three of you. As is expected by now I must tag Dr. Jim West and Chris Tilling. I will also tag my friend in Aramaic studies (although he is far my superior) Dr. Ed Cook.

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