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My 2020 Reading

I love reading. The older I get, the more it’s true. Last year was an especially important time for reading in my life and I gather I’m no exception. It was a tough year that called for lots of mental engagement with the world (as well as dis-engagement from it). I read more books this year than last. Sixty-four to be exact. I’m happy with that, but it wasn’t the goal of seventy-five that I had set myself. Thankfully, the clock reset a few days ago, so I have another shot at that milestone, d.v. (more…)

Updated Information: 2020 TWU Septuagint Summer School

A few days ago I posted about the upcoming Septuagint Summer School to be held at Trinity Western University. I recently heard from Dr. Dirk Büchner, who will be conducting the course, with further information about the content of the course, which you can see in the file below. The course will still move forward but it will be online only, given the concerns over COVID-19. I will publish further updates as needed here in the weeks to come.

[UPDATE 13 April 2020] Further syllabus information here:

 

Top 10 Books of 2019 (and all the others)

As a professor, it probably comes as no surprise that I enjoy reading. It kind of comes with the territory. Then again, maybe some who read this post will be surprised at the somewhat random nature of the things I do read once you have a look below. There is a reason for that.

In my college and graduate years, I rarely read for pleasure. I simply didn’t think I had the time, so I focused on going deep with my assigned reading. There was nothing inherently wrong with that and, to be sure, I learned a lot with that approach. But I also missed out on a lot, since it is absolutely not the case that I (or you) don’t have the time for pleasure reading. Thankfully, I realized that early on in my doctoral years. That’s when I rediscovered my love of reading broadly — and as my whims led (as Alan Jacobs commends), which is what I make a practice of doing now. I find non-work-related reading particularly life giving, although admittedly there are some fuzzy boundaries with some books. (more…)