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Archive for July, 2007


It looks like I might be teaching some intensives in the Winter and Spring quarters of next school year.  This will require me to travel to Seattle five Saturdays per quarter and spend six hours in a classroom.  Having enough material for each class period feels a bit daunting.  For the Winter, I will likely teach exegesis of Ephesians.  This will give me a chance to revise what I did last Spring in a normal course format.  In the Spring, I will teach an NT intro course on Acts-Revelation.  This one is going to take some work.  I’ve never done it and the typical introductory material for these sorts of courses was never my forte.  I would rather talk about grander hermeneutical issues of reading than explore the history and such lying behind and within the texts.  I realize this sort of thing is necessary; I just never found it as intriguing as other things.  So, I have some work to do.  Here’s a list of questions to the biblioblogosphere:

  1. Any advice for teaching in such an intensive format?
  2. Any advice on how to make NT intro interesting to me and to the students?  I’d rather not have them open their heads and have me dump in info.
  3. There are too many NT intro textbooks.  Do you have a favorite?
  4. Since a good portion of Acts-Revelation is the Pauline corpus, do you have any favorites for intro to this material?
  5. How do I keep such an intro course from becoming another course on Paul?  There is a good bit of material not attributed to him.
  6. And, one final one, for the exegesis course.  What should be the primary purpose of an exegetical course on any book?  And more pointedly, what should be the primary focus of the exegesis of Ephesians?

I am a sponge right now.  Any and all advice, suggestions, etc. are much appreciated.


Language and Christology

Halden has a wonderful thought on language to which I’ve commented. I thought I might offer the reflections here that I offered there. I’d love to hear your thoughts. You should read Halden’s thoughts to get the context.

I have always wondered what direction our reflections might go if we note the connection you have made – “the world is constituted by the God who is identical with his Word” – as well as the Ephesian idea that the church is the body of Christ. The communitarian approaches to language and meaning are appealing to me, especially in light of (pardon the shorthand) God=Word/Christ=Church. It seems to me that a christological starting point forces the issue for both the foundationalist/objectivist and the communitarian/pragmatist/subjectivist.

My Book is Coming! Reviews are Here!

I just noticed the description of my book, The Bible and the Crisis of Meaning, is up on the T & T Clark website. Pre-order yours today!

I also had two reviews recently published in Reviews in Religion & Theology.

Think Theologically About This!

Gail is pregnant…with TWINS! There is a long story behind all of this. One day I will share it. For now take a look at these cute babies.
The newest soon-to-be members of the Spinks clan.