My semester is complete. I finished exams just over a week ago and was pleased with the results. I’m already looking forward to next semester (beginning 8 January). Let’s just say that I have a lot of reading to do between now and then. Here’s the lineup:
- Hebrew 2
- Critical Interpretation of the Old Testament
- Alexandrian Christianity (a readings course @ Vanderbilt that I’m trying to get into — keep your fingers crossed…)
So, in short, I’ll be spending my semester in the OT and I’ll learn how to allegorize it all (!). In the meantime, I’m reading. A lot.
- James Kugel, Traditions of the Bible
- Jon Levenson, Creation and the Persistence of Evil
- Jon Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son
For the readings course, we’ll be spending most of the time working with primary sources (Philo, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Arius, Athanasius and Cyril), but over the break, in order to provide the necessary context, I’m reading:
- John Dillon, The Middle Platonists, 80 B.C. to A.D. 220 [it’s out of print]
- C. W. Griggs, Early Egyptian Christianity: From Its Origins to 451 CE
- Stephen Davis, The Early Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity
- Birger Pearson et al., The Roots of Egyptian Christianity
Other pursuits continue on as normal. Work is a pleasure rather than a chore. I never had a straightforward, service-sector/manual labor job when I was a teenager (or in college), so I have a lot to learn. But I think that I’ll be better for the experience.
I’m considering (time permitting) beginning piano lessons after the first of the year. I’ll keep you posted.
My leisure reading of late, as time allows, has been very focused. I recently read Disciples and the Church Universal, the proceedings of the Forrest F. Reed Lectures (sponsored by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society) for 1966. It contains lectures by Robert O. Fife, David Edwin Harrell, Jr., and Ronald Osborn. Anyway, it got me interested in the process of Restructure in the DoC during the 1950s and 1960s. I checked out from Lipscomb’s library the Reed Lectures for 1965, delivered by W.B. Blakemore (who commuted from being an observer at Vatican II to deliver these lectures in Nashville), and the first volume of the Panel of Scholars Reports, entitled The Reformation of Tradition. It makes for fascinating reading. As I process it all, I hope to blog on at least a bit of it.
H. and I will be out of town for the holiday (first to Atlanta, then to Alabama), returning at the end of next week.