Now that I have finished my Bible Introduction (a dozen or so scholar-teachers are reading it now to tell me what they think; so I have a month to move on to do other things), I am starting in on the next big project, my long-ago promised book “How Jesus Became God”. People have known about this book for years, and keep asking me when I’m going to write the thing.

The answer is: Now!

So the deal is this. I was two weeks away from starting to write the book back in 2005. I had done all the research for it and was literally ready to begin. I had a contract with Oxford University Press, I had the book completely outlined, I was ready to roll.

As fate would have it, I had to make a trip up to New York City in order to … I don’t know what I was doing. Probably just going up for pleasure. Sarah and I try to get to NYC at least once a semester, and for a week or so in the summer (she’s a theater person – until this year was the Chair of Theater Studies at Duke – and so, well, we do a lot of theater). But when I’m up there I often will get up with some of the Oxford University Press people for business, to talk about how the books I’ve done with them are doing, what books I’m working on next, how they will be marketed, what direction my writing should take, and so forth and so on.

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