pining for my nightstand

December 14, 2006 | 5 Comments

With the fall semester now officially behind me, I see lonely books calling from my bookshelf, wondering if they are doomed to be wallflowers. Each is pining to be sitting on my nightstand and catch drool as I struggle to stay awake.

So…with a vacation and then another few weeks without school ahead, here are some books I’m hoping to dig into a bit:

  • Hhhmmm…

    I’ve read both The Last Week and Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals. Highly recommend both… they are quite stellar.

    Enjoy. I’m in the same boat, just finishing the fall semester and seeing all the books piling up…

  • I hear you Mike. The thing is, I’ve already got about 10 books on order for next semester, so I’ll probably need to be digging into them soon. 🙁

  • Michael Box

    It is interesting that Webb’s book keeps popping up in the blogs I frequent. I have been struggling with where I stand concerning many topics in his book. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an egalitarian, but complementarianism and heirarchialism seem so oppressive to me. I am going to give this book a read as well. maybe we can strike up some interesting conversation regarding it.

  • Sherie

    John, I don’t know enough about how you approach your scholarly pursuits but I just thought I would share a personal insight/experience regarding Borg. I took New Testament from him in college. At that time (and I think it is still true now) he was part of the Jesus Tradition. They have tremendous historical, cultural, and political knowledge of biblical times, however the application of personal faith and relationship was lacking. I don’t know anything about this latest work of his or his co-author. I expect it is full of great depth from a historical context but there may be parts of it that are lacking or contradictory to a personal faith. I found it deeply discouraging to be a student of his that was pursuing biblical knowledge in light of my personal faith rather than in the opposite order, but at the same time found his historical knowledge and understanding inticing.

  • Sherie,
    Thanks for your thoughts. I’m very familiar with both Borg and Crossan, his co-author, and I understand your concern. While I don’t agree with many of the conclusions of either of them, I have found much of their historical research to be worthwhile. Personally, I find great value in reading the thoughts of those who I might not be inclined to agree with and I find that it sharpens my thinking. But, like you suggest, it is good to be aware of what agendas someone might bring to the table in their writing…