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Blog Dinners Next Month. Interested?

I would like to host two dinners for anyone on the blog who would like to attend.  My idea is to have at least three, but no more than seven, people at each one.  This would be a chance for some direct, personal contact with me and with each other, to have some good food, good drink, and good conversation for a couple of hours.  I will have no agenda – simply talking about things (presumably related to the issues addressed on the blog) that people want to talk about.

The only requirements for attendance would be that (a) you be a blog member; (b) you pay your own way – both getting to the event and your meal itself.  Otherwise, there is no expense and no requirements.   You don’t even have to feel obliged to say much!

After the table is filled, I will put another announcement on the blog; if I don’t get more than a couple of takers then I’ll reschedule it for another time.   If you can and want to come, zap me a note – not here on the blog, but to my email behrman@email.unc.edu.  Do so right away: if past experience is any guide, the table will fill rather quickly.

Any questions, let me know.  I look forward to seeing some of you.

 

  1. Washington D.C., Sept 7, 2018.   Dinner, probably at 7:00 pm.  I will be in D.C. giving an all-day seminar at the Smithsonian.   I will be staying at the Hotel George, and will probably book the dinner for the bistro there or someplace nearby.   Let me know if you would like to attend (but only if you can definitely make it).
  2. Durham, NC. 24, 2018.  Dinner, probably at 7:00.  This is on my home turf; I’ll pick a restaurant in town.  Again, let me know if you can definitely make it and want to come!

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  1. isal_m_a  August 6, 2018

    any plan to visit Kansas City or nearby this year?

  2. Mhamed Errifi  August 6, 2018

    Hello Dr Bart

    Too bad I live in other part of the world otherwise I could have come to have dinner with you . By the way let me know when you are coming to Morocco so i can invite you to have lunch and dinner in my house I bet you will enjoy Moroccan food

  3. mannix  August 7, 2018

    Durham date needs a month!
    Also, is the e-mail address you gave the one to address any scripturally related questions to?

    • Bart
      Bart  August 7, 2018

      September!

      I rarely am able to answer email questions, I’m very sorry to say, since all my question-time gets soaked up on teh blog. Just ask in connection with any post, even it it’s not related.

  4. DavidNeale  August 7, 2018

    Alas not – I live in the UK, and have pledged never to travel by air again (unless in an emergency) due to the impact of air travel on climate change. (Also, with the new regime across the pond, Customs and Border Protection might take exception to my far-left political views.)

    But if you ever have a blog dinner in London, I will definitely attend. (I know you travel here regularly, but I have no idea whether there are enough blog members in the UK to justify a dinner here. And I’m guessing that when you’re over here you want to spend time with your family rather than blog people, quite understandably!)

    • Bart
      Bart  August 7, 2018

      Interesting idea. I wonder how many other blog members are in London. Maybe they can tell us!

      • Boaz  August 7, 2018

        I also live in the UK. I live in Bristol but very happy to travel to London or anywhere else in the UK for a chance to have a dinner and discussion with you.

      • alexc  August 7, 2018

        I do, and would attend a London dinner if you choose to hold one.

      • TimKendrick  August 8, 2018

        I live in the UK now and work in London. Would be up for a Blog meeting/meal, although after spending 2 weeks with you on the Israel trip in Oct, I’m sure any/all questions I have for you will get answered during that time!

        • Bart
          Bart  August 8, 2018

          Yes, you’ll have far more than enough of me!

          • Boaz  August 8, 2018

            Obviously enough UK people interested. And I am certain there will be others. If you are visiting UK please consider. Thanks.

          • Bart
            Bart  August 10, 2018

            I will!

      • Lev
        Lev  August 8, 2018

        I’m in Brighton, but London is only an hour and half away and I would deffo make the trip for a dinner with Bart!

  5. Raemon  August 7, 2018

    Bart,

    Please put me on the Blog Dinner list for when you are in Atlanta.

    r.polk@comcast.net

  6. Tempo1936  August 7, 2018

    I think Most Christians believe the Gospels and Acts were written before Paul’s epistles since they are presented that way in the Bible.

    Isn’t it true that most scholars believe Paul’s epistles were written 20 to 40 years before The gospels And represent the earliest written recollections of Believers?

    Was the order of the new testament books always The same as they are now presenting in our current Bible?

    • Bart
      Bart  August 7, 2018

      That’s a great question. I don’t know how we could figure out what most Christians think about it.

    • DavidNeale  August 8, 2018

      As a Christian child and teen I had no idea that the Pauline epistles preceded the Gospels chronologically. It was only when I started learning about biblical scholarship as an adult (long after becoming an atheist) that I became aware of this. But of course this is an individual anecdote, and I have no idea how widespread this knowledge is among Christians. It may depend on denomination and upbringing.

      (I suppose that someone who accepted the Casey-Crossley dating of Mark would say that Mark precedes at least some of the Pauline epistles. But that dating hasn’t met with widespread acceptance among scholars.)

  7. rivercrowman  August 7, 2018

    Bart, have you had a chance to check out the latest and superb edition of National Geographic magazine? “Atlas of the Bible” has exceptional maps, art, and text. The series of short articles conform pretty much to what I’ve learned from you over the years.

  8. Ryan  August 7, 2018

    Hello. Is the seminar open to the public?

    Peace

    • Bart
      Bart  August 8, 2018

      I believe it is sold out, but you can check teh Smithsonian Associates website.

      • Ryan  August 8, 2018

        Bummer. In case anyone here is curious, the website says:

        “This program is sold out. Call us at (202) 633-3030 to get on the Wait List. Additional tickets may become available or additional sessions may be added.”

        Just the dinner will have to suffice!

        Peace

  9. Machtige Henk  August 8, 2018

    If you’d arrange one or two dinners during your next stay in Western Europe, I’d love to join. Or you can always join for dinner at my home. 😉

  10. carole2easton  August 10, 2018

    How about a dinner meetup in Greensboro?

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