When the lockdown first came into force in March, I immediately had a number of speaking engagements and meetings cancelled, which meant spending more time at home. This took the pressure off my time, and I was more relaxed and could spend more time on my hobbies, which felt great.[Read more…]
This year has been strange for all of us and unnerving in its constant uncertainty. I spent the majority of 2020 writing up my PhD thesis, which I submitted at the beginning of November. The process of writing up certainly did not pan out in the way I imagined with minimal library access and hardly any face-to-face interaction with my colleagues.[Read more…]
The New Year began for those of us in the UK with a new lockdown fresh out of the gates. We are like toddlers struggling up the steps to the top of a slide only to arrive at a higher, scarier ascent. Where did the slide go?
On Monday morning, friends of mine returned to work (both online and in the office), only to be told that same evening that they could not leave their homes, nor could their children go to school the next day (after 2 weeks of Christmas break). For us scholars and pastors, finding time to study is never easy, but the pandemic makes it nearly impossible.
2021 begins on a low.[Read more…]
Lockdown is hard. If you have struggled to research during this time – struggled to read and write and think interesting things – I am with you. If you have not struggled, very well done, but please be quiet.[Read more…]
I have never visited the frozen northern territory of Siberia, but when reading The Gulag Archipelago I utilized maps of Russia’s vast terrain to try and conceptualize Solzhenitsyn’s scenes of oppression and hopelessness.
I’ve had a similar experience reading Acts when tracing the geographical movements of apostles alongside the written narrative of the Biblical text. Biblical maps are visual anchor points for the imagination.[Read more…]
by Dr Julia Lindenlaub (PhD, University of Edinburgh)
One of the biggest struggles of lockdown has been missing time spent with friends and colleagues, so all of the remarkable effort that has gone into maintaining academic community online has been deeply appreciated.[Read more…]
I recently spoke to the founder of the Daily Dose of Greek, Robert L. Plummer (Professor of Biblical StudiesChairman at Southern Seminary) and his Hebrew-loving sidekick, Adam Howell (Assistant Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Boyce College) about the story behind the Daily Dose phenomenon, the impact of the languages in ministry, and the value of their new partnership with Logos.[Read more…]
My lockdown has been hard. At first, it was OK and even a bit nice being around my family. However, the pressures of working, homeschooling, chores, etc. became increasingly stressful.
Things came to a head in June when I contratracted stress-induced shingles and my depression worsened. It has been a slow recovery. I am on research leave this semester, so I am trying to get work done, but concentration is low. I am feeling disappointed that I am not achieving what I hoped to as I was looking forward to this leave for a few years.
The lockdown has not been all bad; I have gotten to know my neighbours much better and am working on a more sustainable pace.
Sean A. Adams is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Ancient Culture at the University of Glasgow.