Monday, December 16, 2013

Name change

For my readers, you might notice at the top that the title of this blog has changed. When I first started this blog over 4 years ago, it was just a means for me to be able to keep my friends updated on the happenings in my life as I continued to pursue the road to a NT PhD. Well, now I'm almost 75% done with coursework as a NT PhD student, so it seemed like a change was in order. I have simply titled this blog, "Reflections," as a way to indicate that that is what this site is really about, my reflections on various topics, not exclusive to biblical studies.

I'm thankful for all of you who have contributed by reading, commenting, telling me in person, etc. about my posts, and hopefully as we enter into the new year (can't believe it's going to be two thousand FOURTEEN), there will be more fruitful discussions to come.

For those of you who are traveling during this holiday season, safe travels.
For those of you applying to PhD programs, good luck! I do have a blog post that I wrote a while ago about my own experience to applying to PhD, and though it might be a little late in the game for you to read it, check it out here.
For those of you finishing up yet another semester, fight on.
For those of you just relaxing and enjoying this time of the year, lucky you!

Merry early Christmas to all of you and a very happy New Year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Philo's Etymology

I'm entering into my final week of the semester and am in the process of finishing two more final papers. One of them is for my Jewish milieu seminar where my teacher has given us a variety of choices for our final exam, which is really a written exam that he gave us about 10 days ago. I've chosen to look at Barrett's The New Testament Background and critique it in a constructive/comprehensive way given all that we have discussed in the semester.

I'm currently on Barrett's section on Philo and I thought his excerpt from De Abrahamo 81-3 was quite interesting:

"What has been said is attested by the alteration and change in his name, for his original name was Abram, but afterwards he was addressed as Abraham [Greek, Abraam]. To the ear there was but the duplication of one letter, alpha, but in fact and in the truth conveyed this duplication showed a change of great importance. Abram is by interpretation 'uplifted father'; Abraham, 'elect father of sound'. The former signifies one called astrologer and meteorologist, one who takes care of the Chaldean tenets as a father would of his children. The latter signifies the Sage, for he uses 'sound' as a figure for spoken thought and 'father' for the ruling mind, since the inward thought is by its nature father of the uttered, being senior to it, the secret begetter of what it has to say. 'Elect' signifies the man of worth, for the worthless character is random and confused, while the good is elect, chosen out of all for his merits."

Fun stuff.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Carmichael-Walling Lectures

One of my teachers here, Carl Holladay, recently gave a set of lectures, the Carmichael-Walling lectures at Abilene Christian University. These lectures are quite distinguished, as they have invited other well respected scholars from the guild such as Margaret Mitchell, Luke Timothy Johnson (another Emory prof.), J.D.G. Dunn, Gail O'Day, James VanderKam, etc.

He gave two lectures a few weeks ago, "The Church of the Spirit" and "The Spirit of the Church."

Check them out below: