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.
I am very fortunate that so far we can continue face to face teaching at our small theological College. Seeing real people is a lifeline for me.[Read more…]
This week, in remembrance of his death nearly one year ago, Lexham Press has been honoring the life and work of Larry Hurtado. An accomplished scholar and professor, Dr. Hurtado was the author of many books and articles, notably Honoring the Son (Lexham Press) and Destroyer of the Gods. On the Lexham Press blog, his colleagues remember his important contributions in textual criticism, christology, and Markan studies.[Read more…]
Life in lockdown is exhausting. Planning, organising, and administering online teaching is sapping all the mental energy and time at the moment, while teaching is less rewarding than usual, without significant face-to-face interaction. (God so loved the world, that he did not Zoom us …).
Also the drama, frustration and anxiety caused by the news takes up so much mental and emotional space, that it is hard to think clearly and well. The result is that there is, for me at least, very little reading/research and no extended writing taking place at all.
On the plus side, the online world allows international interaction across continents without the hassle, pollution, and expense of travel. But if this goes on long, we will find ourselves with less and less to say to each other, and unable to make meaningful new scholarly relationships. An online conference is not a patch on the real thing!
John M. G. Barclay is the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University.
For decades, N. T. Wright has written groundbreaking works that have reshaped our understanding of the earliest Christians. And now it all culminates in his latest release: a 900+ page, definitive overview of the New Testament as seen through first-century eyes.[Read more…]
What makes a good biblical scholar? Lots of things, many of which have to do with self-awareness. In no particular order:[Read more…]
Words and Photographs by Tavis Bohlinger
The last day of the Tyndale House Conference in Cambridge was bittersweet. While excellent papers were presented all around, at every social hour including coffee breaks and meals there was a sense of pending farewells that kept us all conversing what that peculiar urgency found amongst new friends who know they must wait another year to be together again. I hope this final photo essay below conveys some sense of the scholarly camaraderie and Christian fellowship we all enjoyed.[Read more…]
by Chris Porter
Coming to biblical studies from prior research in the social sciences I am often asked what makes for good interdisciplinary research. While a valid question, I think the more interesting question is what makes a good interdisciplinary researcher. Here I will try to answer a modest version, what makes for a reasonable interdisciplinary scholar.[Read more…]