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SBL2015 Paper Proposals

I'm happy that I have had two paper proposals accepted for the 2015 SBL meeting in November. Both are related to my new monograph project on the ideology of English Bible translation, and you will notice the connection between them. The first is for the Metaphor Theory and the Hebrew…

Nyasha Junior is headed to Temple

My friend and colleague (and fellow PTS grad), Nyasha Junior has accepted a position in the Religious Studies department at Temple University. She will be teaching Hebrew Bible alongside Jeremy Schipper and Mark Leuchter. Temple's program was already strong, and it is now certainly one of the best places in…

Identity and Vocation

I turned 42 today, which is my favorite number, since it's the answer to the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything. It was a good day full of contradictions. I taught an OLLI class ("life-long learning") on Wisdom and was treated like a treasure by appreciative students. Later I…

The Academic Mafia

A friend on Facebook shared this article from Slate, titled "Welcome to Our Tijuana Campus: How academia sometimes behaves like a drug cartel." The argument is that academia functions economically like a drug mafia, in which those in power enrich themselves through the unrewarded labor of minions who hope one…

Why Are You Here? On Vocation and the Liberal Arts

On Saturday I gave a lecture to the incoming Freshman class at Furman University, titled "Why Are You Here? Life, Learning, and the Liberal Arts." The purpose of the annual series is to provide an introduction to the Cultural Life Program and to help students reflect on why they are…

What is Success?

In the most recent episode of my favorite podcast, Back to Work, Merlin Mann makes a point that I needed to hear as I ramp up for another year of teaching, writing, and university activities. You can listen here, but below is what he says starting around the 1:05:…

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