This blog is an experiment that I will attempt for a year and then evaluate. I hesitate to enter the world of bloggery for many reasons. There is always the factor of time. If something is to be done well, it takes time. Being a professor of NT at a small theological seminary with all the responsibilities related to courses, writing, and committees, it raises the issue of time commitment. It seems that a blog is much like a plant. It needs to be watered and fed on a frequent schedule. Just as I would not want a brown and shriveled up plant, I would not want the guilt of a neglect blog.
A greater concern, perhaps, is whether another voice is needed in the e-webscape. Henry David Thoreau, when confronted with the new technologies abounding in his day, wrote in his book Walden, “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end . . . .” Specifically in relationship to the technology of communication, Thoreau was prescience about how the content often contains nothing of substance. He dryly noted, “We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New; but prechance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.” While this point is true for much communication, I must say I have been on the receiving end of helpful insights into biblical studies via blogs and websites. For this reason, I will try this experiment.
The focus of this blog will be on all things related to the New Testament. I am particularly interested in the social and cultural worlds of the NT and the use of models from the social sciences. I also have a particular interest of late related to the use of artifacts (particularly numismatics) in understanding the biblical world and text. However, depending on issues that interest me, from time to time I will venture into other realms, but always with the hope that they in someway circle back for an enriching and engaging study of the New Testament.