Hello again!

After a long hiatus of busyness and ennui, I recommence blogging.  The first step was moving to a new hosting service.

I’ll no longer be writing on particularly religious subjects.

I will, however, continue to write on the Bible and associated literature and subjects.  An especial interest of mine is textual criticism and the interplay of the Hebrew Bible and Greek recensions, so this subject will become more prominent.  Other relatively new writing here will reflect interest in ancient writings in their narrative dimensions

There is also a body of general literature that I continue to approeciate and of which I will post, some names of interest being:  Samuel Johnson, Eric Ormsby, Zbignieuw Herbert, Paul Valéry, Guy Davenport, and Michel de Montaigne. Poets, essayists, dramatists, and others are all of interest, as well as subjects of other times and other climes.

I am toying with the idea of doing some housecleaning here on the blog, archiving posts on subjects that no longer interest me and which I find distracting.

I’ll be working through the fine-tuning of the blog in order to repair broken links to images and such.

I apologize for a very long absence.

Apologies and Plans

I apologize to you, readers, for not having been updating this blog for quite some time, and for even neglecting email responses. It was a surprisingly busy first semester of seminary, with more extracurricular busyness than expected. Though it’s been a wonderful experience, it’s time to get back to the grindstone and stop neglecting responsibilities. I believe this is where I kiss all free time goodbye, essentially. So there, watch it fly away, with a little tear in its eye for an old friend now lost to it….

So! Because writing is something that I’ll be doing for the forseeable future, I intend to be posting something at least once a day, whether long or short, whether of my own concoction, or parroting what others have written, or some combination of the two. The intellectual life, after a certain level, is a conversation, one held between oneself and those whom one is reading and digesting. The act of internalization involves a certain diplomacy, a dance of acceptance and rejection, of amelioration and emphasis, by which one transforms information into learning, learning into intelligence, and intelligence into wisdom. It’s an activity, not a passivity, reading, if properly done. I intend to pull out all the stops, not pull punches, realize potential, whatever your favorite cliché is, et cetera. It should be an interesting thing.

So there we go. Stay tuned, as they say.

Page reformatting complete

Today I finished reformatting and entering all my web pages into the menu system here on biblicalia. All my files and such that were available on bombaxo are now available through the menus above. No more “Coming soon!” when you click on one of those! In the course of the transfer, I did quite a bit of editing, so a number of pages have more or less substantial changes. The last thing to do will be to implement redirection from the old pages to the new ones, so that I won’t have people going to the old ones anymore. I’m not maintaining those. So many of them predate css that it was a major chore to strip out all the formatting that I’d put in there.

In addition to the reformatting of the pages for the blog, I’ve also been working on css styles for mobile readers. It’s actually quite fun. And since the mobile css files are separate from the ones for regular/desktop readers, I can implement whatever is most legible and looks best in each set. Nice! I’ll keep playing with that until I’m happy.

So, that’s fun!

Laying the foundations…

…for a transfer of my bombaxo website’s pages into biblicalia blog pages, utilizing the nifty menu up above.

I had thought this would be something that would take a couple of hours at most, but, alas, ’twas not so. It took that long just to get the blank pages in and organized. There is so much messy formatting in my old web pages that I’m going to have to strip much of it out before moving the pages here. So, this will be a slow process, but one that should commence in a certain amount of order, as I intend to just go straight through. I really like the menus. It’ll be nice to have those working.

So, readers who are not familiar with my old static web pages can poke around through the menus above and see at least the titles of things that will soon be available through the menus. To see them right now in their old, original format and location, go here.

On the header pics

The photo used in the header above, along with the others included in the Twenty Ten theme included in the WordPress 3.0 distribution, were taken by Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress.

He describes their origins in a post titled The Headers of Twenty Ten.

He has quite a good eye!

Incidentally, that photo that I’ve had there for a while now is of the approach to Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland.


Over the course of the next few days, you’ll be able to watch as I transform the Twenty Ten WordPress theme into something closer to my old biblicalia theme.

It’s about time for a little change around here. It’ll also be good to take advantage of some newer features.

Thanks for all your patience, readers, in my recent lack of posting, as well. I’ll be posting some interesting things soon!

And this…

…is my first post from my brand new 17″ MacBook Pro.

Some say I’ve gone to the Dark Side.

I say I’ve finally seen the Light!


I apologize for a drastically slowed pace of posting here.

I’m spending time this holiday working on a comprehensive citation index to Charlesworth’s Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, volume 1 and volume 2, now in the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. This is one of two books I’m working on for publication, with Charlesworth as co-author. The other is a complete concordance to the translations included in the two volumes of the OTP. This is taking an extraordinary amount of time because I have been doing it properly: checking every citation for accuracy. I’ve been working on this index for over two years now, but I I’m finally in the home stretch.

I’ve forty handwritten pages of corrections to citations in the two volumes so far (and I’ve got about half the second volume still to go), have filled one Blueline quadrille notebook (highly recommended) completely with citations from the footnotes, have started another, and have marked up a printed copy of my OTP index of citations that I used to have available from my website (which itself was full of all the errors found in the printed volumes, with bonus errors from my own typing mistakes). I still face typing all this stuff up. It’s faster writing the notes initially, though, believe me. I’ll do the typing, and I or someone else will do the proofreading.

I’m excited to be nearly done with this. I feel guilty whenever I read a book because I haven’t finished this! And I still have to knuckle down and do the scanning and proofing of all the translation texts. That’s not as daunting, though, or as time consuming. Once the scanning is done, I’ll be able to do the proofing anywhere, with a printout of the scans and the disassembled pages from the copy of the books that I’m using for scanning. I could even do it in a pub! Or a café! How exciting.

So, maybe I’ll be posting some few things over the next few weeks, but it won’t be much.

For you Christian readers: I wish you a blessed Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Sorry, honey!

I forgot my own anniversary!

Today, this blog commences its fifth year.

The first post is here.

The last post is, God willing, a number of years in the future.

I thank all of you, all my readers known and unknown and those who’ve commented, for your attention and your participation.