Today I celebrate twelve years of blogging. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment of it, even though blogging requires an investment of time, effort, and money. I have never asked my readers for money and will never do so. I consider the money I spend in blogging to be a contribution to the cause of disseminating an appreciation for the Old Testament as the Word of God.
As for time and effort, my posts come out of my reading, my research, and my teaching at Northern Seminary. Every time one of my students raised an issue in class, I wrote a post about it. So, I have to thank my students for the inspiration I received from them for developing topics for my blog. I will miss my students and the wonderful exchange of ideas we shared in class.
On the occasion of the twelfth anniversary of my blog, I would like to thank my son JR Mariottini for helping me start the blog. Over the years JR has given me ideas for posts and suggested topics for me to research and write. One of his favorite posts is The Challenges of Parenthood, a post that JR and I have shared many times with parents who have problems with their children.
The main focus of my posts has been the Old Testament and archaeology. I avoid politics. I have written about Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, but only when what they say and do are related to Old Testament issues.
I have not blogged very often about my family and friends. I have blogged about Virginia Morrell, my mother-in-law, because she was a very special person in my life. I have blogged about Paul Klec, a member of my church, because he was a dedicated Christian who used to tell me the most amazing stories about World War II.
Again, the focus of my posts has been the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and archaeology. A brief look at the tags on my blog indicates that archaeology, the Hebrew Bible, and the Old Testament receive the largest numbers of tags. I have written posts on almost every book of the Old Testament. Eventually, it is my intention to write a post on every book of the Old Testament.
As for the future, if you look at the Archive section of my blog, you will discover that several series of study have not been finished. As an example, of the ten studies I proposed to write on suicide, I have written only three. I am planning to finish them in the near future. I have several other projects in mind for future posts. I will not mention all of them, except that I am working on a series of studies on the cannibal mothers of the Old Testament, on the Ten Commandments, and on Psalm 23. Other series of studies will be announced at a later time.
In order to celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog, I have decided to give twelve copies of my book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, during the months of August and September 2017.
Two books have already been given. These are the winners during the month of August:
August 7: Charles Savelle, from Texas.
August 14: Paul Mast Hewitt, from Illinois
Today, on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of my blog, four people will receive a copy of my book. The four persons who will receive a free copy of Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding are:
1. Rob Bradshaw, from the UK
2. Carlene Appel, from Illinois
3. Scott MacGregor, from Texas
4. Jaroslav Ciesielski, from Poland
If you have not yet entered your name to receive a free copy of my book, you should do so today. Two more books will be given in August (Monday, August 21 and 28) and four copies in the month of September.
In addition, all persons who entered the 12th Anniversary Book Giveaway will also qualify to receive one of three copies of my book In the Council of the Lord: Men and Women Who Made a Difference in Israel which will be published in January 2018.
To enter the free book giveaway, send your name and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of the email put “12th Anniversary.” Each Monday in August and September a name will be selected to receive the free book. So, the earlier you enter the giveaway, the better your chances to win a free copy of my book.
Thank you for being a reader of my blog. Because many of you share the links to my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, my blog reaches people in 142 different countries. So, in a sense, whenever you share one of my posts, you are also disseminating an appreciation for the Old Testament around the world.
This is the reason I am so encouraged by your support and this is the reason I am motivated to give free copies of my book to you for your support and encouragement.
Again, thank you for visiting my blog.
Claude F. Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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