This is a personal blog for my comments on areas that are of interest to me. I hope they will be of interest to some of you as well. I tend to concentrate my posts on biblical and rabbinic literature (my professional field), Christian theology, gadgetry (a personal interest, some say obsession), photography, and the odd comic. (Often in the reverse order in terms of frequency.)
I have written extensively on Targum Lamentations, including my doctoral thesis, “Targum Lamentations’ Reading of the Book of Lamentations” and my book. There is more information on this site, see the TgLam tab above. I am currently working on a book on Targum Ruth. Both of these works are part of a larger interest in the targumim of the Megillot.
The basis of rabbinic exegesis, such as the targumim and midrashim, is of course the biblical text itself. I continue work and research in biblical studies while most of my publications are in the area of rabbinic literature. Additional areas of research include the Dead Sea Scrolls and the so-called “historical Jesus.”
My academic career began not only with teaching but administrative duties as well. I was the director of Jewish Studies for 6 years at Tulane University prior to becoming the director of the Tulane Honors Program. In 2006 I became the Dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. My Penn State blog is http://engage.shc.psu.edu/. I feel very blessed (and more than a little bit spoiled) in this job. The students are incredible and are engaged in research across the university allowing this dilettante to live vicariously through their work and enthusiasm.
I am an avid, amateur photographer. You can find my work here and at flickr. My images are no longer automatically available for free use via Creative Commons, but if you see an image that you like and want to use it just ask! Odds are very good that I will oblige.
I began shooting when just a wee lad in 4-H and used Pentax SLRs. In 2007 I moved into the DSLR realm with a Sony A100. I really liked the camera, but in 2011 I stepped up to a Nikon D7000 and I am working on building up my glass as much as is financially feasible. In 2014 I moved up again, this time to a D810. What a great camera! You can get a rundown of my gear, what I have and what I long for, in this blog post. Be sure to also check out the Targuman PhotoBlog.
My wife is a writer and teacher of communications at Penn State and has written a novel, The Unlikely Missionary.
We have two beautiful and well above-average children. Sadly, our son passed away just two weeks before his 9th birthday. Our friends and family helped establish the Mack Brady Memorial Penn State Soccer Fund that supports and develops goalkeepers in Penn State’s Men’s Soccer Program.
- I added this because although there have always been pictures of me on the site, references to my work, both academic publications and day-to-day job, someone once criticized my site for being “anonymous.” There, now you know who I am. You can even look me up on Wikipedia! (But don’t believe everything you read. [↩]