Yearly Archives: 2015

64 posts

Today is just like every other day.

It is the third anniversary of Mack’s death. He died in a helicopter as they were trying to save his life from the fast moving blood infection while getting him to another hospital a two hour drive away. I have never been able to thank the crew in person, but I know they did everything they could and that our loss was their loss and that it shook them as well. But today is just […]

Boaz: Centrally Marginalized

This was a paper originally presented at the Mid-Atlantic SBL in 2010 and was going to be part of an article on the character of Boaz. Now that the book on Tg. Ruth is complete, this will not be making it into an article and so I thought I would make it available here. You can find a companion “close reading” of the character of Boaz that I posted two years ago here. NB: Citations did not make it over in the copy-paste process, but I have placed […]

The Curious Case of the Targum by Willem Smelik

A great introductory piece by my friend and colleague Willem Smelik. It contains thoughtful reflections on the task of translating sacred writ and the uniqueness of Targum. Not least of which is that it was never to stand on its own. A targum (an Aramaic translation of Scripture) is a translation that does not come alone: hardly ever is it left unattended by its parent text, the Hebrew Bible. While it may play, it is always […]

To blog or not to blog…that is the question. At least for graduate students.

During the Q&A period of the panel discussion with Bart Ehrman, Will Gaffney, and Larry Schiffman were asked about whether or not grad students should blog. There response was an unanimous “no.” Some of their specific reasons were concerns of exposure, that they might post things/opinions that could come back to hurt them in the job search and P&T track, and that anything that distracts them from their research and writing of their doctorate should be […]

The Life of a Blog from Cradle to Maturity (?)

UPDATE: My brother corrected my memory: he is the one who registered the name “pseudonymous.” My first blog attempt was anonymous, but fittingly, I suppose, I can no longer remember the name. The last session of the “the Blogger and Online Publication” group was a great success. Our chair James McGrath has an excellent summary of the session here. Rick Brannan and I lead off with presentations about our blogs, his outlining how publication of issues […]

Blogging comes of age

I will be presenting in the Blogger and Online Publication session this year. It should be a fun and informative session. My presentation will be a bit more organic, or really, about the organic process of how my blog has developed over the last dozen years. The Life of a Blog from Cradle to Maturity (?) When I began blogging over 12 years ago I initially tried to create a focused blog, two actually, one for […]

SBL Professional Conduct Policy

Like all other SBL members I just received John Kutsko’s message about the new policy. These are the links to the policy and procedure documents. Somehow I think this will engender some vexatious comments.   Harassment may be defined as vexatious comment or conduct in relation to a person or group of persons on the basis of personal characteristics (i) which has the effect or purpose of creating a hostile or intimidating environment; or (ii) which […]

Writing and swimming

Writing – it is like morning practice. 5 am, standing on the edge of the pool, the air is cold and chill, but the water is colder. Your arms are tight around your chest, crossed to keep in what heat your body is producing and you dare not open up to dive into the frigid waters. But the coach is screaming, questioning your parentage and your desire to live beyond the next five minutes and […]

Beautiful and Terrible Things — A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Grace

This is my most recent idea for the title of a work coming out of my recent writings and talks on suffering. (See the page A Biblical Theology of Suffering for those links.) The quote comes from Frederick Buechner and is oft cited. I have used it for years in graduation speeches. The fuller context is worth considering. It is in his collection of daily meditations, Beyond Words. This is from day 127 and the […]