It's not really a question that keeps me up at night, and I'm not terribly sure where I land (though in my thesis I presumed the existence of Q), but I do find it interesting that the two men I can call Doktovater land on complete opposite sides of the debate. Two years ago, Craig A. Evans defended the existence of Q in The Synoptic Problem: Four Views and this year David Wenham's new book From Good News to Gospels: What Did the First Christians Say About Jesus? appears to deny it (according to Long's review).
I'm a big fan of Robin Williams and I'm so happy that Dave Itzkoff has written this bio on him. It's been great thus far.
I don't have anything to add to the ongoing commentary surrounding Bishop Michael Curry's powerful Royal Wedding sermon, but I want to help spread it across the internet in my own way, so I'm posting it as well:
If I were going to say something, it would go something like this:
Next year I'd like to do a project rather than a test-style final for my biblical studies classes. Any ideas out there? I'd like it to be summative in nature.
That's all folks. 2017-2018 is in the books. Finals + graduation next week and then we're off for the summer.
Alright, now I know what classes I'll be teaching in 18-19:
- 3 New Testament (1 fall, 2 spring)
- 4 World Religion (2 fall, 2 spring)
- 2 Old Testament (both fall)
- 1 'Religion in the United States' (spring)
That last one is a new course I'm creating. Currently, it has 9 students enrolled, which is a very pleasant surprise (I was hoping for at least 6).
Today was my last day with my advisory of two years. Next year I go back to advising another group of freshmen for a two year term. I've been thinking about what it is that I need to emphasize to my freshmen this time. What would *you* like to have learned/been told/been taught as a freshman that would have given you the skills necessary to have a successful high school career?