On Sabbatical

It has been a long time since my last post. Things have been hectic these past several weeks. The academic year has come to an end and as of July 1st I have been on sabbatical, away from my regular office activities, deep in reading and research for my next project.

For a professor, a sabbatical means reading and writing. I am doing research for a book that I hope to have the first draft finished by the end of December. I have been reading and doing research six days a week. It is for this reason that I have been unable to post to the blog regularly.

But this is about to change. Beginning today I have decided that I will begin posting again to the blog in a timely fashion. This means that I will have to dedicate time to read, research, write, and blog.

Since being away from the blog, I have missed the dialogue with readers of my blog. I enjoy reading your comments, your emails, and the give and take that takes place as a result of my posts.

The way I seek to write my posts requires time and research. Over the years I have used my blog to supplement my teaching in the classroom. Many of the posts I write come out of questions students raise in class and out of my reaction to books and articles I read. So, don’t be surprised if some of my coming posts are related to the research I am doing for my book.

I hope to continue writing posts that can teach you something new about the Old Testament. I have several ideas for future posts that I am sure will be of interest to you who read my blog.

Thank you for your patience with my absence. I am back and will work hard to continue writing posts that will provoke dialogue and engender further study.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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4 Responses to On Sabbatical

  1. Terri Snyder says:

    Thank you so very much for continuing to blog!! I have learned so much… and you have been missed! Bless you and your efforts by Yah!!
    I Messiah’s loving service, Terri


    • Claude Mariottini says:


      Thank you very much for your words of encouragement. I am glad to be back to blogging again. It is always nice hearing from people like you and to know that my blog is helping people develop a deeper appreciation for the Old Testament.

      Claude Mariottini


  2. Dan says:

    Thank you for your willingness not only to share with us but also to interact. I believe biblical knowledge should be accessible to everybody and this kind of dialogue helps.


    • Claude Mariottini says:


      Thank you for your comment. I am always willing to interact with readers. Questions and answers is one of the best ways of learning. I have learned this truth after thirty years of teaching seminary students.

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Claude Mariottini


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