Monthly Archives: January 2009

45 posts

Parris Island Graduation

Yesterday I had the great honor to join my colleague in attending the graduation of the son of a friend. My colleague had himself graduated from Parris Island boot camp 22 years ago. It was a wonderful event and amazing to see these young men transformed. (One young Marine told me he had lost 40 lbs! He looked solid and healthy now, so I am guessing those were 40 lbs that won’t be missed.) I […]

Saving space – converting MP3s

(This likley will not apply to most folks, but I have been ripping, converting, and moving song files back and forth for several years now. The amount of “legacy errors” that I have carried forward required some clean up.) I just realized this morning, while playing with Smart Playlists in iTunes, that I had imported a number of CDs using “Apple Lossless” encoding. This meant that a song that in 192kbs MP3 encoding (which sounds […]

Alexander’s Targum Lamentations reviewed

The Review of Biblical Literature has Jan-Wim Wessellius’ review of Philip S. Alexander’s The Targum of Lamentations: Translated, with a Critical Introduction, Apparatus, and Notes. Review by Jan-Wim Wesselius Read the Review Published 1/24/2009 Citation: Jan-Wim Wesselius, review of Philip S. Alexander, The Targum of Lamentations: Translated, with a Critical Introduction, Apparatus, and Notes, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).  

Mrs. Beamish

Ah the quientiscential C of E matron. And this additional note from a friend from Louisiana. Well, I concur with Mrs. Bemish, but the funniest thing of all is that the Vicar “Ken” is really my classmate Kevin Brown. Apparently someone found his picture on his church’s website and thought he looked like a C of E vicar. httpv://  

Introduction to the introduction to Lamentations

I am writing the Lamentations volume for the small pamphlets in the Bible Briefs series1 that Stephen Cook is editing. These pamphlets are intended to provide a short and (hopefully) stimulating introduction to the books of the Bible that will encourage the reader to then study the biblical text for themselves and perhaps move on to deeper study of the book in question. So, being 4 months late, I am finally getting around to polishing […]

Why you shouldn’t go to grad school in the humanities

I cannot find a whole lot of criticism with the argument presented by Thomas Benton (real name: William Pannapacker of Hope College). It certainly is a very tough job market out there for doctorates in the humanities and I regularly have very frank conversations with my students about whether or not they should go on for a doctorate. If you are fully funded and, in the worst case scenario, are willing to “lose” 5 years […]