Ancient Literature, Greco-Roman World, Uncategorized

Advice from Seneca

Sorry, Seneca, but I can’t follow you here!

So, since it’s impossible to read everything, own only as many books as you can read.

– Ep. 1.2, taken from Noelle Zeiner-Carmichael, ed., Roman Letters: An Anthology, trans. Noelle K. Zeiner-Carmichael (Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 100.

Books

Currently Reading

Because I’m sure you’ll want to know, here’s what’s on my reading stack (in addition to dissertation materials):

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind by Timothy R. Jennings.
– Because neuroscience is fascinating; plus, I’m not getting younger and I’d like to preserve as much brain health as possible.

Death and the Afterlife: Biblical Perspectives on Ultimate Questions by Paul R. Williamson
– I’ve read so much about this topic in recent years, I couldn’t pass this one up.

Christology in the New Testament by David L. Bartlett
– Writing a brief summary for a journal.

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible, 2nd ed. by John H. Walton
– Because his first edition was such a helpful book for me, I had to check this one out.

Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle by Paula Fredriksen
– Because Fredriksen is a great writer and I’ve done a bit of reading on Paul and the Gentiles, so naturally, I had to secure a copy of this.

When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation by Paula Fredriksen
– This one came unsolicited from the fine folks at Yale University Press, so this is a bonus!

Books, Giveaways

Book Giveaway!

I managed to receive an extra copy of Hendrickson’s recent Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity: Volume 2, De–H, so naturally I thought I’d host a book giveaway. Earning a chance to win will be simple–one entry per comment below. There’s no limit to the number of comments you may leave–stack the deck if you like! The giveaway will end on Friday, September 4 at 11:59 CST. I’ll choose a winner over the weekend and notify the lucky guy or gal the following Monday.

Spread the word!

Books, Miscellaneous, Seminary

My New Study Aid

For my birthday last week, I received gifts that were nothing if not practical. For me, this is a good thing. The older I get, the more the things I want need to be of some use. In addition to clothes, accessories, and funds (!), I got something I’ve wanted for some time–a book stand! More specifically, it’s a Witzem Rosemary Book Stand and it’s a big one–it measures at practically 2′ x 1′–it’s huge!

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To give you an idea of the size, the pictures below feature BDAG, which is a behemoth of a book, and BDAG alongside BDF. How’s that for space?!

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The size was part of the reason I wanted this particular one–it would have to be large enough to accommodate two books. I mean seriously, I never only have one resource open at a time, so this was a must. In addition to the size, a bookstand simply must keep the book open. I’m one who would never crack a book’s spine just so it will stay open, so this book stand appealed to me because it sports four flexible arms that swivel and can the pages at any point.  The stand itself is adjustable, so if I wanted to lay a book at a different angle, I could do so easily.

It has been a frustration of mine for many years that there was no good way to have multiples books open at once for easy reference. Now, I can at least have two open and know that the pages will stay put and I can refer to them easily while typing. Maybe I should get another?

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Books, Miscellaneous

Long Book Titles

As I’ve refined the tentative title of my dissertation a few times, it has remained thus far fairly manageable. Some of my fellow doctoral students, however, have had to trim theirs down considerably. Longer titles are commonplace in academic writing, but it seems that several generations ago there was a tendency, at least with some, to disambiguate to death their subject matter with the title. Take a look at this doozy!

The Apostolical Authority of the Epistle to the Hebrews: An Inquiry, in which the Received Title of the Greek Epistle is Vindicated, against the Cavils of Objectors, Ancient and Modern, from Origen to Sir J. D. Michaëlis, Chiefly upon Grounds of Internal Evidence Hitherto Unnoticed: Comprising a Comparative Analysis of the Style and Structure of this Epistle, and of the Undisputed Epistles of St. Paul, Tending to Throw Light upon Their Interpretation.

Rattle this off to the kids at story time and they’ll be counting sheep before the first semicolon!

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Books, Giveaways

Jim West is Giving Away a Book…But You Might Have to Suffer to Win It!

Jim is giving away a copy of Candida Moss’s new book The Myth of Persecution over at his blog. Want to win it? Entry is simple:

  1. Tweet the giveaway
  2. Post about the giveaway on your blog
  3. Tell why Zwinglius Redivivus is your favorite blog! This last step may result in scorn and misery being heaped upon you–indeed, you may have to suffer. But who among us isn’t willing to suffer a little for a free book?

Giveaway winner will be announced March 6, once Jim has run all the entries through a highly scientific selection process, or maybe after he picks someone randomly. Head on over and enter today!

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