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…]
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…]
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.
by Prof Steve Walton
This list is aimed at providing a starter list for useful journal, book series, sources of book reviews, and online sources for journal articles. It’s not the last word, but hopefully it’s a useful guide into the forest of secondary literature in New Testament studies.1[Read more…]
Randy Leedy is known as the “NT Greek Guy” (that’s actually the name of his website) whose work in Greek sentence diagramming was previously published in Bibleworks. Although Bibleworks sadly no longer exists as a company, Randy’s work has found a new home in Logos Bible Software (did you know Logos 9 is out now?).[Read more…]
by Ryan Lytton
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Proverbs 4:5.
Wisdom and understanding are everywhere available but are nevertheless ostensibly rarely found. A student of the Word must be diligent in their search but there are least two problems in their way:[Read more…]
Biblical performance criticism is a methodology based on the assumption that much of the literature collected in the Bible represents oral performances that were at one time either told from memory or presented as prepared readings before audiences.1 The performance critic studies the biblical writings as oral performances with the aim to uncover certain conventions of orally performed texts—features often neglected when employing other biblical critical methodologies.[Read more…]
A Priori is a newish series on the theLAB in which we put three simple questions to scholars undertaking important research in biblical studies, theology, ethics, and more. We love to hear from authors whose mission is the church, whose vocation is research. This week we hear from David Palmer and his work on rhetoric tables in the New Testament.[Read more…]