Jim West meets my dissertation advisor (complete with a picture!)

For those have not been following Jim West’s blogging from the CBA annual meeting, I have been razzing him a bit in the comments, telling him something to the effect that if he were to meet my dissertation advisor, Bill Bellinger of Baylor, at the meeting, it would be almost like meeting me (since I know Jim is dying to meet me!).  Well, turns out he and Dr. Bellinger ended up being on the same plane and chatted briefly.  And now, Jim has risen to the challenge.  Here, courtesy of JW, is a picture of the man . . . . with Jim West.











Jim, congrats.  You’ve arrived!

(BTW, I am meeting with Dr. Bellinger next week; I am looking forward to getting the skinny on this from him).

10,000 Hits! (and a celebratory video)

My thanks, again, to all those who visit, read, and comment on this blog.  You have made it a worthwhile venture!

With that said, today, just a little over two months since my move to wordpress, I have reached 10,000 total visitors.  In 2 months?  That’s insane to me.  Many, many thanks to all.  I hope you will continue to read and engage.  Here’s to the next 10,000!

And, just to give those aspiring bloggers an idea of the dedication it takes to reach this level, here is a video (not of me, but check out that guy’s hair!) of a standard day for me; it is only by such assiduousness that I reached this milestone:

And My Ranking Is . . . . (Biblioblog Top 50 for July 2009)

You may remember that last month I was the 33rd most read biblioblog out of nearly 500 for the month.  Well, I am pleased to report that this month I am up 10 places to . . . . (drumroll) . . . . NUMBER 23!  My thanks, again, to all my readers. 

Special mention also goes out to three big ‘movers and shakers’ for the month (not to mention blogs I read and enjoy daily)

*Brandon Wason – up 112 places to number 20

*Rob Kashow – up 86 places to number 25

*Mike Whitenton – up 35 places to number 11

Well done, guys!  I don’t know that I will be able to overtake Mikey again, but such is life.

New Hebrew Bible blog by a colleague of mine . . . .

Do check out the new blog by David Melvin, cleverly entitled byt dwd.  David is a colleague of mine at Baylor in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Ph.D. program (he’s one year behind me).  He is very much interested in matters pertaining to the ancient Near East (which makes he and I great dialogue partners . . . . wink).

So far he only has one post, and I can already sense his pessimistic optimism at maintaining the blog.  But, if he does indeed maintain it, it should be some good stuff.  Check out his “about” page for all the information fit to print (and ask me for all the info NOT fit to print about this character!).  I’m also a bit curious as to the title of his blog: Jewish gentile.  Hey, I thought that was me!!!

Do give him a look.

What Seven Biblioblogs Do You Read the Most?

Celucien Joseph over at Christ, My Righteousness has posted an interesting topic, naming the top ten biblioblogs he reads on a regular basis (I wasn’t mentioned — sigh . . . . . jk).  This got me thinking on the same question.  There is a consistent group of blogs that I do check daily.  I am going to be, however, a bit more selective (and biblical!).  And so, here are the seven blogs that I not only check but also actually read most often (in no particular order).

1) Chris Heard, Higgaion – As a fellow Genesis scholar, I am always interested in what Chris has to say.  I have expressed my appreciation for his Dynamics of Diselection on this blog before (see HERE), and I am pleased to be able to interact with him in the blogging world.  He also has a wonderful sense of humor that I always enjoy.

2) Mike Whitenton, Ecce Homo – Michael and I have recently developed quite the friendship online.  He is in the process of preparing Ph.D. applications, and I have been pleased to offer my advice to him on these matters.  It has been a fun avenue to revisit and reflect upon my own experiences.  He has also kept me on my toes with the ‘other part’ of the Bible (I think it’s called the New Testament . . . . ha!).

3) Nick Norelli, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth – Nick has a great sense of humor as well, and updates quite often on topics that are quite creative and engaging.  I’ve never seen anyone draw 20 comments by posting a story about finding a booger in a book!  If only I could attain that level of blogging popularity!!

4) Nijay Gupta – Nijay’s blog is a wealth of information for current and prospective students of the NT.  I don’t quite share his interest in Paul, but I have had the opportunity to engage with him on a variety of thoughtful topics.  He also is at the tail end of blogging through the writing of his dissertation, a task I plan to begin very shortly.

5) Jim West – This entry should come without explanation.  I appreciate the firmness and confidence with which Jim shares his opinions (even though I don’t share all of them), but I do also consider him a serious biblioblogger (you’re welcome, Jim!).  There is a wealth of information and resources for biblical studies that have been brought to my attention by good ol’ JW. 

6) Bryan Bibb, Hevel – Bryan is an OT professor at Furman; he is one of the few Hebrew Bible scholars out there blogging (in addition to Chris Heard, myself, and a few others).  By default, then, I check his blog regularly.  I have very much enjoyed dialoguing with Bryan on a host of topics, including the possibility of biblioblogging podcasts, pedagogy, the nature of an OT intro, etc.

7) Richard, YHWH Malak – While Richard and I seem to approach Scripture from very different trajectories and through the work of very different scholars, I always enjoy the questions he poses.  His regular and well-thought-out questions have pressed me often to refine my own view of many issues, among them Pentateuchal composition and the closing of the Psalter. 

What do you think?  And what five, seven, or ten blogs do you most often visit and read, and why?

And my ranking is . . . . (Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2009)

The Biblioblog Top 50 for June 2009 is now up.  Congrats to Jim West on his fourth consecutive month at the top of the list.  I wish to extend my congrats also to Michael Whitenton’s very fine blog, Ecce Homo, which also debuted this month at an impressive number 47.

I am pleased to announce, however, that finally, I have cracked the top 50!  In fact, this blog jumped up 44 places from May 2009, landing me at number 33 for the month!  I’m pretty stoked! 

My thanks to all those who have read, commented, and enjoyed this blog.  It is my hope you will continue to visit and engage, and that you will see me again on the Top 50 next month!  I will display this banner proudly!


I’ve Been Interviewed at Biblioblogs!


This has been a big month.  First, I move to wordpress.  Second, my traffic increases tremendously.  Third, NT Wrong actually debases him/herself enough to comment on my blog (the same may also be said of Jim West!).  As if those points alone didn’t make me feel as though I had somehow ‘arrived.’  And now . . . I am pleased to announce that my pleading has paid off!  Brandon Wason has selected myself and Hesed we ’emet as the featured biblioblog(ger) for June 2009.  You can read the interview he conducted with me HERE

Please do feel free to comment on the interview, or any questions that may arise from it, in this post.


[N.B. — the picture of me included with the interview is me in front of the magnificently beautiful Duke Chapel after receiving my masters hood from, well, Duke.]