About

I am Kevin P. Edgecomb, BA University of California at Berkeley, MDiv Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, MPhil University of Oxford. I find that’s quite enough.

Many things have happened since my beginning to write this blog in 2005, including more than one extended, if unintended, hiatus. Over time, my perspective and interests have, of course, experienced a number of changes. Rather than retain writings here in which I find little of value, I have pruned the blog of what I found to be dead branches.

My primary interest is textual criticism, particularly in the “Old Testament”, with a special focus on the Greek books of Kingdoms (Samuel and Kings), and the fascinating interrelationship of the Old Greek, Kaige, and Lucianic texts to the various surviving Hebrew, Latin, and Syriac texts especially. My fascination with textual criticism is liberal, extending to other works ancient and modern. Too, I find a subset of liturgical studies quite fascinating: lectionaries. Lectionaries were some of the first things I posted on my website, well before it was bombaxo and long before it was this blog biblicalia. Selected other subjects of interest, in no particular order, are: ancient near eastern studies, classics (more Greek than Latin in enjoyment and preference), Beowulf, Chaucer, Williams Shakespeare and Blake, Samuel Johnson, esoterica (Hermetica, apophaticism, hesychasm, Jung), the extended pre-Raphaelite circle, Montague Rhodes James, the Tolkiens père et fils, and well-designed and well-crafted things (books, art, clothing, buildings, etc). I also really like coffee.

Thank you for visiting bombaxo and biblicalia.

About the name “bombaxo”

One thing I’ll tell you is where to find the origin of my domain name bombaxo:
Line 45 of Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae. “Bombax!” is an exclamation used by a very funny character, Euripides’ father-in-law Mnesilochos. In line 48, he elaborates it to “bombalombax.” What does it mean? You’d have to ask Mnesilochos….