Monthly Archives: November 2009

36 posts

No duh: Drinking doesn’t help with studies

Just back from SBL and getting ready to be descended upon by 10 relatives, but I caught this in the Penn State Newswire. How would have thought that engaging in excessive use of alcohol could effect your grades? College students who engage in binge drinking tend to earn lower grades than students who don’t abuse alcohol, according to a newly released report. The Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State conducted a study that […]

SBL Paper: Recovery and Restoration Through Scripture (images)

This is the paper I presented to the Chronicle-Ezra-Nehemiah and Exile combined session. I was invited to speak about how the destruction and restoration of Jerusalem can be understood through the waters of Katrina. I have images that go with this (see a few images from Katrina at my flickr account) that I will post eventually and I recored the audio as well and I hope to have that up later as well. Restoration and […]

The overwhelming SBL

I have actually been in NOLA since Thursday. I spent my first few days meeting with old friends at Tulane and in Covington (where we lived for 6 years). (I took a few pictures that you can see here.) So yesterday SBL started in earnest. Several folks have blogged or twittered about how busy and overwhelming SBL can be and how to get the most out of the experience. I have another suggestion: don’t twitter […]

Genesis 2 – The Nature of Man

Gen. 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for […]

(re)Settled in NOLA (and pictures from Katrina)

If you follow my twitter feed (and no reason you should, do you really want to know what I ate last night?) you would know that after some flight delays I landed in NOLA yesterday afternoon. Depending upon how long you have read this blog you may not know that I spend my first 9 years of employed life as a professor at Tulane University. Yesterday I spent some time getting settled and then went […]

SBL Section Title

Now that I am ensconced in my hotel room I have some time to glance through the conference program. So far one section title stood out enough to merit a comment (leaving aside the plethora of gratuitous use of “liminal”): 21-127 “Recovering Female Interpreters of the Bible”  – So these are women biblical scholars who are finding their way out of the addiction that is interpretation? (Reminded me of the cute/trite phrase I often here in […]

Relics in space

[Still procrastinating…] I was drawn to this Wired article by the title, Russian Cosmonaut’s Blog Much Funnier Than NASA. But it was the flying cross that caught my attention. Cool, eh? The blog, as translated by Russia Today, includes pictures from the ISS — and covers a much different array of topics than you usually see in NASA press releases or Twitter feeds. A recent post detailed the “holy symbols” in the Russian area of the station, […]

The Questionnaire

Don’t ask me how I got to this (since I will tell you: from reading this comic) but I thought this was interesting. Turns out James Lipton of Inside the Actors Studio asks this series of questions. From Wiki: While most of the show is a one-on-one interview conducted by Lipton, this is followed by the host submitting a questionnaire to the guest. The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot, after the Proust Questionnaire. […]