This is the last day of “Christmas break.” The Spring semester starts Monday. Honestly, the break has been too long, and I’m ready to get going. By that I do not mean I’m bored. There has been plenty to do, but I look forward to seeing fellow students more often. During December and January, I did some pleasure reading/reading for work (The Hunger Gamesand Forever Odd), had the opportunity to proof read Kingdom through Covenant, slowly read through Genesis 1-11, and as I said I would in this post, I studied Hebrew and Aramaic grammars.
This semester I’ll be participating in three weekly seminars:
Exegesis of Isaiah (w/Peter Gentry) on Tuesday and Thursday
Theological German (w/Mark Seifrid) on Tuesday and Thursday
Targumic Aramaic (w/Russell Fuller) on Thursday
Jim Hamilton will also be leading OT colloquium for us, though I’m not yet sure what we will be focusing on or when we will meet. [Update, 2/11/12: We will be studying (individually, throughout the semester) and discussing (the day we meet) the way 1 Enoch uses the Old Testament]
Reggie Clark and I will be TA-ing for Dr. Gentry’s Old Testament II, as we did last semester for OT I.
That’s what I’ve been up to and what I’ll be up to in the coming months. I’ve posted here a little less frequently during the break. I’m still trying to figure out how I want to use this blog, what I want its identity to be. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears. I try to keep it mostly school and biblical studies focused, with the addition of the semi-regular “practical readings” post. I figure there’s Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, and coffee shops for more personal interaction.
To those of you with whom I regularly work and take classes: know that you are missed, and I’m looking forward to another great semester.
6 responses to “Spring Starts Monday”
I have been wanting to read the hunger games. You are a glutton for grammatical punishment. I am staying far away now. Now I want to focus on theory.
You’ll enjoy The Hunger Games. Let me know if you finish it. By the way, the new blog looks really nice. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts. Oh, and I’m really jealous of the flexibility your new platform gives you. Nice icon (is that the right word?), too. I didn’t realize you were studying with Dr. P. For your information, I will always be interested in the things you are studying. If you ever need to bounce a random thought off someone, you got eager ears here.
Hey Brian,I too am eager for some interaction. I’ve begun the slow and steady course of researching and writing and I can already tell it’s goin to be a lonely one. Fortunately Dr. G gave me permission to be in there with you guys for Isaiah. I need to be around other people who like Hebrew. Anyway, I look forward to seeing u guys.
Sounds like a fun semester. I just saw a new monograph in the library on the Targums and the NT by Macnamara (sp? Mohr Siebeck). Well, back to writing my last chapter…
Daniel, so glad you are going to be in there. I think Reggie will be too. I’m going to have to look back over a couple of Cook’s articles, so that I will have something to add to the conversation. Can’t wait to hear where you are in your research.
“Back to writing my last chapter…” That must be really nice to type. I’ll take a look at the book. Thanks for the heads up. So, I hear you’re passing on Chic-fil-A these days. Hope you feel better soon, John.