I’m off to the airport in three hours, to spend the rest of the summer in London. As I think I mentioned before, Sarah is a Brit – grew up in London – and her family is all there. We have a flat in Wimbledon, and usually spend six weeks or so there during the summer, and sundry other times throughout the year. Sarah this year is teaching the “Duke in London” summer program, which is all theater: they study a play in class during the day, then go see it performed that evening. Really interesting and invigorating, but a *lot* of work (for Sarah). She’s been there for the past two weeks already.

I have finished the eight chapters of my Bible Intro that deal with the Hebrew Bible; after this the book will include be a transitional chapter into the New Testament (dealing with Greco-Roman world, Judaism in the period, and so on), then five chapters on the NT, and a final chapter on the canon and text of both testaments. I hope to be able to write up the rest of it during my time in Wimbledon, as I’ll have nothing else really to do with my days but play around London if I feel so moved. I usually try to take one day off a week to do something other than work when I’m there. And I’ll be able to catch some theater at night.

Anyway, this is the time of year that I typically look back on the year past to see what I’ve done in terms of my scholarship, research, and publication, and to plan out what I hope to have done next year at this time. Here are my self-ramblings about the former.

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