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[This post is modified from a paper I wrote earlier this year for my doctorate at Duke Divinity School. By looking across every Christian century at the pastor’s chief responsibility, I found that his readiness with the Word of God was prioritized.] Continue reading
When I began my doctoral studies at Duke University’s Divinity School, I had a plan.
All of those hours that I had blocked out for publishing would be redirected toward the twenty hours each week I’d need to pour into my degree.
My plan failed. Colossally.
Since being accepted at Duke, I’ve published 35 articles in the Lexham Bible Dictionary, ranging in length from 500 to 2,500 words. And I’m contracted to write five 4-page articles for Bible Study Magazine (circulation, 30,000), each 2,500 words in length.
The first article arrived in the mail today. It studies the first half of the book of Habakkuk. The second article, coming out in January, will complete Habakkuk. The next three will study Philippians.
Habakkuk: Trusting God in an Unstable World
But I have finally come to my senses. Last week I turned down three publishing offers.
Tomorrow I will close the books on the fourth semester of my doctoral degree. One more semester followed by a 70,000-word dissertation. Next week my second Philippians article is due. Only one more contracted article to write after that!
Something about light and the end of a tunnel.
An image from the Washington facsimile.
In addition to first editions and important Bibles, there are also reproductions of important works–works produced before and after the printing press around AD 1450. These reproductions are called “facsimiles.”
One of the more important early printed books was Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible published in 1534. I can’t afford an authentic copy of this milestone publication, but I was able to purchase a 2-volume facsimile.
These heavy volumes are beautiful. At the bottom of this post you’ll see an open shot of the Gospel of Mark. Continue reading