Monthly Archives: May 2012

28 posts

Help me select a photo

Some of my favorites, a set on Flickr. I am going to make a LARGE (roughly 4’x3′) print to hang in my office. Or, alternatively, print 3 or 4 BIG (11×14 or larger) images to fill the same space. The challenge: Which picture(s)? Please feel free to take a look at this collection and let me know which you think I should print and hang! (And please do visit the set, there are 146 photos […]

Hebrew Alphabet Soup – OSU Library

Tonight we had a great dinner on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Ohio State University library. As you enter you walk over a very cool metal “sculpture” of the English alphabet mounted in the floor. While waiting for the elevator I noticed that they had the paleo-Hebrew alphabet! Very cool! No, wait… You see the problem? The letters are correct, but they are “reading” from left to right instead of right to left. […]

Two observations, no, scratch that, two complaints about hotels

I travel a decent amount in this job so I spend a fair amount of time in hotels. When I was in college and graduate school I worked in hotels. (I was the weekend manager for a small hotel in Oxford for just over 3 years.) I have opinions about hotels. Sometime in the last five years someone decided that cleaning staff should close the drain stopper in sinks and tubs, presumably to indicate that […]

More on motivation and characters in the Book of Ruth

I am just reading through an article by my friend Tod Linafelt (“Narrative and Poetic Art in the Book of Ruth,” Interpretation 64:2, 117-129 [2010]). It is a broad and useful reading of Ruth. You may recall from my earlier post I quoted Campbell who said, It is inherent in biblical thought generally that a person’s actions and words offer a true picture of the person’s character. Hebrew stories do not have characters with hidden […]