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Important Announcement about the Blog!

Dear Faithful Blog Participants (or even Unfaithful Ones):

An announcement.  Starting July 16 I am going on a hiking expedition and will be off the grid for ten days.  I’m not sure if I’ll have any Internet access or not.   But not to fear (as if you would fear….): I will not leave the Blog forsaken.  I have compiled blog posts enough for the week, and my all-reliable assistant Steven, to whom each of us owes a mountain of debt, will be posting them on a schedule I have given him.

SO … there will be ample posts for you to ponder.

The somewhat bigger issue is that I won’t be able to read and approve comments.   That’s an increasingly large problem since, these days, we are getting 40-70 comments each and every day.

If it turns out that I do get some Internet access over the course of my meanderings over the earth, I will approve comments, as many as I can.  But if not, they will simply have to wait until I get back.  Sorry ‘bout that.  But I’m assuming and hoping we will all live to see brighter days ahead.

In the meantime, enjoy the posts!


  • Bart

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  1. Jamescbell  July 16, 2017

    Hope you have a great break!

  2. ronaldus67
    ronaldus67  July 16, 2017

    Enjoy yourself! I suggest we nominate Steven for best assistant of the year. Make that century!

  3. cammy5  July 16, 2017

    Happy Hiking. Go – unplug – enjoy yourself.

  4. kentvw  July 16, 2017

    Have a blast!

  5. Jana  July 16, 2017

    Oh that’s fantastic (hiking) … could I offer a little advice? Unplug and LEAVE the phone at home! (We all really can wait .. right?) And don’t forget the bug and bear repellent. Be well and have fun! (And thanks Steven!)

  6. Robby  July 16, 2017

    Enjoy the hiking expedition!

  7. epistememe  July 16, 2017

    I’m in Boulder Colorado and if you will be in CO, I have recommendations for the best hikes/climbs. Enjoy your trip.

  8. DavidBeaman  July 16, 2017

    May you enjoy your hiking, remain safe and in good health.

  9. flshrP  July 16, 2017

    Enjoy your outdoor experience. Not to worry. We’ll survive OK.
    P.S. Watch out for bears in the woods.

  10. nichael  July 16, 2017

    Have a good trip.

    But just remember: Pictures, dude. We need pictures.

  11. Wilusa  July 16, 2017

    A “hiking expedition” seems like an awfully strenuous vacation, but I hope you’ll enjoy it! You certainly deserve a break from all the great work you do.

  12. RonaldTaska  July 16, 2017

    Enjoy the hike and the time off. You deserve it. if you have not already read it, I suggest reading “A Walk in the Woods.”

  13. hasankhan  July 16, 2017

    Best of luck! Hope to see you back.

  14. TheologyMaven  July 16, 2017

    I didn’t realize you approved them all. That’s a serious commitment! Thank you so much for this blog and hope you have a great vacation!

  15. doug  July 16, 2017

    Hey – never mind the comments. Relax and have fun!

  16. James Chalmers  July 16, 2017

    Going back a day, do you more or less agree with Dale Martin about the Corinthian body?

  17. zipzom  July 17, 2017

    Not sure where your hiking. But, do you have any thoughts about hiking the 65km Jesus Trail in northern Israel?

    • Bart
      Bart  July 24, 2017

      Can’t say I have! Most of my serious hiking over the years has been in western Europe.

  18. Eric  July 17, 2017

    No problem, son and I are backpacking (Scouts) for 12 days starting the 20th!

    Have fun and be safe!

  19. 1Graber  July 17, 2017

    Enjoy your trip!

  20. paul c  July 17, 2017

    Be alert. Be careful, and enjoy your journey.

  21. catguy  July 18, 2017

    Dr. Ehrman,

    Argentina or the Appalachian Trail? Which is it?

    • Bart
      Bart  July 24, 2017

      Ha! Luckily I’m not a politician and my hiking partner was my beloved wife, not a mistress!!

  22. smackemyackem  July 20, 2017

    Apparently…I’m the only one that’s happy you get to go hiking.

  23. Seeker1952  July 20, 2017

    Personally, I think you deserve a vacation without posting any blogs or responding to comments. But I certainly appreciate being able to read your blogs even while you’re “relaxing”?

  24. SidDhartha1953  July 24, 2017

    I’ve fallen behind on my blog reading, so I just read this post. I hope you had a good vacation from civilization! I’ve meant to make a suggestion that might lighten your load. Could you have one or more of your graduate assistants screen reader comments/questions for you to determine whether they are simple comments that only need to be approved — comments that may be something you would find interesting and post on as a topic, or bona fide questions to answer. Maybe you’re already doing that.

  25. Pattycake1974
    Pattycake1974  July 24, 2017

    I asked my husband a few days ago why we didn’t do exciting things like go on hiking expeditions. He offered to take me to Hocking Hills, Ohio this weekend. I’ll take what I can get. 😊

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