Working through Claus Westermann’s Praise and Lament in the Psalms, the first part of which was available in English translation in 1965. I wonder if the conclusions Gerald Wilson drew re Ps 89 and Book IV of the Psalter (in his 1981 dissertation, published in 1985) would’ve been different if he’d reflected on the following […]
I’m working through Greek Psalms together with some friends. If you’ve not heard of the project already, see here, here, and here. Since I’m not on Facebook, don’t be surprised if some of my resulting musings pop up here.
Settled into some reading on Gregory of Nyssa for dissertation work. Here’s some of what’s on my desk/screen at the moment: Athanasius and Robert C. Gregg. The Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus. Translated by Robert C. Gregg. The Classics of Western spirituality. New York: Paulist Press, 1980. Daley, Brian E. “Training for […]
It would be a superficial and emotional response to characterize the desire for revenge in the Psalms as something typical of the Old Testament, irreligious, unchristian, and repugnant. I had to chuckle as I read this line in Kraus’s Theology of the Psalms this afternoon, because this is more or less exactly what C. S. Lewis […]
No post today; worked for way more than 15 minutes on a book review. My thoughts are forthcoming. Here’s the book, if you’re interested: Robert Wallace’s The Narrative Effect of Book IV of the Hebrew Psalter. If you really want to read it, it was the guy’s doctoral dissertation, and I hear a lot of […]
This morning Rose asked me to write about what I expect for the next year: what I’l be doing, where I hope to be. So here goes. (It’s pretty late, though, so I’ll post this in the morning.) I finished coursework in my Ph.D. program this last spring. This summer would have been taken up […]
It’s the dreaded question every grad student gets. You’re at a friend’s backyard bbq or a church potluck. You sit down next to a buddy who is not in academia, who has in fact been out in the world making money while you’ve been in school making debt, and he asks a friendly, good-natured question. […]