Monthly Archives: May 2009

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

As if every Sunday were not sufficiently a Holy Day of Obligation, today is Pentecost — and we’ll be driving all day. Prayers and thanksgivings and solidarity with our sisters and brothers in worship today, and our heartfelt wishes for … Continue reading

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Mulling Outsider

I’ve been thinking hard about Jeff’s recent post (as I almost always do), and his reflections resonate powerfully with my own experiences and ideas. Most obviously, it’s not at all clear that I’ll have an academic job this coming year, … Continue reading

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Stage One

Safe arrival at Baltimore, preparing for Margaret’s faculty dinner, leaving tomorrow for Cleveland (“city of light, city of magic”).

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Idiom Watch

Some people say “[I] have no dog in this hunt” (Google = 10.4K), and others “[I] have no dog in this fight” (Google = 116K). Now, competent readers recognize both expressions as colorful ways of disclaiming interest, so it would … Continue reading

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This Could Happen To You

Attention, parents: the wee little children whom we raised from potato-sized lumps (or, in Si’s case, a potato-sack sized lump) are growing up! In fact — and this is the vital headline — just a week from Saturday, Josiah will … Continue reading

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For Reference

Deirdre Good first pointed me to this image, and now I’ve pinned down the specifics of its provenance, so I wanted to post about it here (for the sake of declining memory). It’s a depiction of St Matthew (on the … Continue reading

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Respite

As Boing Boing provides a unicorn chaser whenever they post especially gory (or otherwise disturbing) images, I take the opportunity to alleviate the leaden seriousness of the exegesis series by posting a picture of our neighbor, with whom we had … Continue reading

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Exegesis and Language

[Previously on this topic: One, Two, Three.]   Many of the confusions that arise in exegetical inquiry come from the extrinsic factors we’ve been discussing: the ambiguous technical terms, the unstated expectations, the literary genres in which students write, and … Continue reading

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It’s For Them

Over the months that I’ve been an eMusic subscriber, I’ve seen a lot of recordings in which I felt no interest whatever, and an increasing number of recordings that I already own on CD (or that I have pre-eMusic digital … Continue reading

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More On Exegesis

[Part One, Two]   Finally, to the extent that sound interpretation entails identifying convincingly illuminating contexts with relation to which to read the text, teachers should bear in mind that the range of possibly-plausible includes so many alternatives that a … Continue reading

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Mutatis Mutandis

Margaret pointed my attention to this Time article on the recent discovery of the complete fossil skeleton of an early primate (now nicknamed “Ida” — no word on the primate’s temperament’s similarity to fruit drinks). She appositely notes the way … Continue reading

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Go, Polar Bears!

College friend Paul Bolster (with whom we reconnected at last year’s reunion) appears on NPR’s Morning Edition today — bravo, Paul!

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