An Update

Things have been slow at Lehi’s Library lately. I’ve just been busy with family, work, and other activities. When I do find time to get online I’m usually busy either doing stuff with FAIR or preparing for my Sunday School class. Here are some resources that I always turn to when preparing:

One Eternal Round Patheos Blog: Ben Spackman provides great little podcasts (and a transcript of the podcast, which is super useful) about Old Testament topics relevant to respective Sunday School lessons.

Joel’s Monastery: Another great source for background information about what is going on behind the Sunday School lesson.

Heavenly Ascents: Same story. I’ve known David Larsen for a couple years (online only) and his blog is another source I always check out while preparing for my Sunday School lessons.

Finally, a great resource is “Jehovah and the World of the Old Testament” published by Deseret Book (I know, DB isn’t known for scholarship, but this is real quality)

I’ve also been spending some of my precious free time reading some good books:

The Lost World of the Genesis One by John Walton – So far this has been excellent. Very pertinent to Latter-day Saints. I plan to write a brief review of this book once I’m done.

Justification by N.T. Wright. I haven’t gotten past the first chapter yet, but I look forward to learning more about the “New Perspective on Paul”.

I didn’t get to go to the FAIR Conference this year, again. I’ve never been. Someday I hope to make the trip (I live a few states away, one them being very BIG). I did however catch the last 3 talks by listening to the live audio stream online and I enjoyed those.

There was a pretty good conversation going on in the comments of one of my blog posts, so feel free to chime in if interested (topic: the epistemology of prayer).

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4 comments on “An Update

  1. Robert Boylan says:

    Both the Wright and Walton volumes are simply brilliant. I look forward to your review of the Walton text on Genesis 1.

  2. David Larsen says:

    Thanks for the mention, James! Have you been writing some stuff for FAIR? If so, I’d love to see it!
    And, just to make you jealous — N.T. Wright has recently accepted a position here at St Andrews and I’ll get to participate with him in the biblical studies seminar that he’ll help lead starting this Fall! :)

  3. Rameumptom says:

    James, thanks for mentioning my site. Sadly, I haven’t made it to FAIR since 2004. And it isn’t because I’ve been having lunch with N. T. Wright! :)

    I’m glad we have several great sites, like yours and David Larsen’s to go to for great research.

    Gerald Smith
    Joel’s Monastery

  4. James says:

    Thanks guys.

    David, I haven’t really been writing stuff for FAIR other than the occasional addition or edit to the FAIRwiki, and answering “Ask the Apologist” questions.

    Thanks for all you guys do to make Sunday School awesome.

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