Most of you are aware that I am at the dissertation stage of the Ph.D. program in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible/OT) at Baylor. Most, though, have no idea how that’s all going for me. Well, here’s a bit of an update . . . .
The dissertation title, at present, is as follows: “Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Faithfulness to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle.” For an idea of where I’m going with this all, see HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and some HERE.
My one page proposal, offering my legitimation of the topic and a thumbnail sketch of the project, was approved in June. And just today I received an email notifying me that my prospectus (10 page history of research, methodology, and outline of the dissertation, along with a 12 page bibliography) has been approved by the biblical area faculty and is going to the entire religion graduate faculty at their meeting on August 19th for formal approval. I anticipate (and hope) approval will happen. Your prayers that it indeed does will be very much appreciated!
W.H. Bellinger, Jr.
Chair of the Religion Dept., Baylor University
Director of the dissertation
Professor of OT, Baylor University
One of the foremost experts on the Book of the Twelve
The third member of the committee must be someone outside the religion department; I’m not terribly picky here, and will likely go with someone from literature given my methodology is a literary reading of the biblical text.
Before classes start at the end of this month, I plan to have the first chapter (the introduction) drafted and handed off to the committee. Whew!
(And, to any prospective employers who may be reading . . . . . I’m on the job hunt!! Email: j_anderson at baylor.edu).
So what do you think?