"The object of all good literature is to purge the soul of its petty troubles." ~ P.G. Wodehouse

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wycliffe Centre for Scripture and Theology Fall Meeting 2011

It is less than a month until the Wycliffe Centre for Scripture and Theology fall meeting 2011. The program looks to be interesting and engaging. One of the presenters is Tyndale's own Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Dr. Stanley Walters (PhD, Yale). The meeting will take place at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto on Friday, October 21. The program is as follows:

Discussion will focus on Isaiah 9 in reception history, and on connections here with Legaspi's recent book, The Death of Scripture & the Rise of Biblical Studies (OUP, 2010).

Time Participants Friday, 21 October 2011
9:30 am Ephraim Radner Greeting & Introduction
10:00 am Gary Anderson Isaiah 9 with a focus TBD
11:00 am Michael Legaspi Isaiah 9 and the work of Robert Lowth
12:00 pm Stanley Walters Review of Legaspi’s The Death of Scripture…
1:00 pm everybody Lunch provided for attendees & presenters
2:00 pm Joseph Mangina Response to morning presentations
2:30 pm Christopher Seitz Summary and response to morning presentations
3:00 pm moderator Open discussion

Monday, September 19, 2011

Earning a UK PhD, the state of the UK PhD: comments by Larry Hurtado


Larry Hurtado has recently made some comments about the state of the British PhD on his blog (see links below). Apparently some NT PhD candidates in the UK are submitting PhD theses when they do not have a reading knowledge of Koine Greek, German, or French. Nor is it apparent that some students can understand and explain the textual variants of a passage from the Nestle-Aland apparatus. It is disappointing (although not entirely shocking) that some UK PhD candidates have come to this point. The blame can largely be placed on the universities (and I think the supervisors of these students should shoulder some of it, unless of course, the students have not heeded their supervisors warnings and advice. The latter does happen!). Hurtado explains in the third post listed below some of the pressures placed on UK universities by the government that have led to this. 

As the graduate of a British PhD programme, I understand how this can happen. The situation is unfortunate and only spells problems for the future of British NT studies if those working in NT studies do not learn the tools of the trade.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Simon Gathercole at Tyndale University College

Dr. Simon Gathercole will be giving two lectures at Tyndale University College on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The formal announcement has now been made.

The first lecture is entitled "In Defence of Substitution: The Atonement in Paul" and will be given over lunch (11:45-1:00) on the Tyndale Ballyconnor Campus.

The second lecture is open to the public and is entitled "Who were the Gnostics? Their Beliefs, Practices, and Gospels". This lecture will take place at 7:00pm in the auditorium (NB: not the chapel!) at the Tyndale Bayview Campus (Sisters of St. Joseph). If you would like further information on either lecture, please let me know and watch the Tyndale website for further information.

The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas: Original Language and Influences (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series)The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and LukeWhere Is Boasting?: Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul's Response in Romans 1-5Dr. Simon Gathercole is Senior Lecturer in New Testament in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He is editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament and is well-known for his books Where is Boasting? Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul's Response in Romans 1-5 and The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. He has a monograph in the SNTS Monograph Series coming out in March 2012: The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas: Original Languages and Influences.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus Blog Tour

Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus, A: Reading the Gospels on the GroundDuring the week of Oct 3-7, 2011, a number of NT scholars, pastors, and students will be posting blog entries on Bruce Fisk's, A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus. This will be a great opportunity to find out other opinions about the book from a variety of perspectives. Here is the link: http://hitchhikersblogtour.wordpress.com/. Check out the list of bloggers and blog who will be reviewing. I am looking forward to reading what everyone has to say.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Religious Studies Student's Guide to Research and Writing

Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing was published in August 2011 and will prove to be an excellent resource for undergraduate students of Religious Studies. The majority of the information in the book will also be useful to non-Religious Studies students as the book also provides advice on the basics of university life and students' academic responsibilities.

Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student's Guide to Research and WritingThis Oxford University Press publication authored by Margot Northey, Bradford A. Anderson, and Joel N. Lohr introduces students to university and higher education in the first three chapters, including time management and writing. General information that will be useful to most university students includes chapters on writing essays, writing book reviews, studying for and taking tests, giving oral presentations, documenting sources, common grammatical errors, and more. The chapter on reading religious texts is clearly specific to Religious Studies, as are most of the examples in the book. There is plenty of useful and common-sense advice throughout the book that will serve first year Religious Studies students as well as students in the their final years of university.

Since the book contains information that professors expect from students, I would highly recommend students of Religious Studies to read this book even if it is not required.