Biblical Studies Academic Writing Month

Happy New Year.

I have not been blogging since before Christmas. One of the reasons for taking some time off from blogging is that I am on sabbatical. So, I decided to take the holidays off and do some catching up on a lot of stuff. But now, I am back and hope to blog on a regular basis.

I will be on sabbatical until September 2008. During my sabbatical I hope to write a book on Jeremiah. I love Jeremiah. My project is a study of Jeremiah’s ministry to the people of Judah and how Jeremiah’s ministry can serve as a paradigm for prophetic ministry in the twenty-first century.

Several days ago, Chris Brady at Targuman proclaimed the month of January 2008 to be Biblical Studies Academic Writing Month. In his proclamation, Chris asked Bibliobloggers and Theobloggers to write an article, a book review, or any material that is related to the Bible and that will be submitted for publication.

The challenge has been accepted by Tim Bulkeley at SansBlogue, by Chris Heard at Higgaion, by AKMA at Random Thoughts, and by Charles Halton at Awilum. Today, a little bit late, I also accept the challenge.

Although most of my sabbatical work will be focused on Jeremiah, I commit myself to three different projects to celebrate Biblical Studies Academic Writing Month. My projects will be as follow:

1. I will write a book review of Mario Liverani’s book, Israel’s History and the History of Israel. London: Equinox, 2003.

2. I will write a book review of Ann E. Killebrew’s book, Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity: An Archaeological Study of Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, and Early Israel 1300-1100 B.C.E. Leiden: Brill, 2005.

3. I will complete an article on Asa, King of Judah and submit it for publication by the end of January.

This is a very ambitious project for one month’s work. However, I have already finished reading Liverani’s book; I just need to write the review. I have done some research on Asa and was planning to write the article later in the year but I will change my schedule and work on the article at the beginning of my sabbatical.

In February I will write another post and report whether the challenge has been met. I want to thank Chris for this challenge. Some of us may need a challenge like this to get things done.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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