Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Yesterday's Memorial Service for Brevard Childs (1923-2007)
HOB Headline News: "Episcopal leaders vow restraint on gay bishops"
Monday, September 24, 2007
Phoebe's Pictures from Renk, No. 3
This building is the principal bedroom of the compound, which Fr. Joseph gave up for Phoebe. The Sudanese are extremely hospitable people! The building was originally the compound's kitchen.
Here's a shot inside the building, showing where Phoebe slept during her stay. She felt very well taken care of. You can see the mosquito netting, which proved very nice as it was the beginning of the rainy season and the bugs were starting to come out in force.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Student Sketches of Jonah in the Sea
Morgan's image has pieces of leaf or chaff being tossed about by the sea currents. Eventually, they become entagled and trapped in the seaweed at the bottom of the sea. The image reflects Jonah's powerlessness to save himself and perhaps his feeling of being radically adrift in a spiritual sense, given that God is acting so contrary to his ideals and desires.
Loren's image depicts layers of blue sea descending down, down, to the roots of the mountains that, in ancient poetic imagination, undergird the dry earth. The jagged lines at the top represent Jonah's spiritual turmoil and rebellion against God. They settle down as he descends to the depths of the sea and resigns himself to God's will. However, Jonah is not done with these feelings as of chp 2, since they certainly resurface when God relents for the divine decision to destroy Nineveh.
Finally, with a lighter touch, Kitty Guy drew this humorous sketch of various sea creatures contemplating how Jonah might taste. If you can't read the captions, simply click the image to greatly enlarge it.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Yom Kippur is a most significant and holy day in the Jewish calendar. Even if they don't observe other holidays and rites, many folk will put aside all work, fast, and attend services on this day of demonstrating repentence and making amends to God.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Bishop Gene Robinson to Speak at Upcoming VTS Forum
Save the Date: Lunch Forum on Teaching the Biblical Languages in Sudan
Here is a photo taken this summer by Phoebe R. of herself (right), Sarha, who cared for the team with meals and laundry (center), and Fr. Joseph (left). They are in a tea shop in the Market in Renk, waiting while their tea was being prepared. The Market is within walking distance of Fr. Joseph's compound. The preparation of tea is taken seriously in Renk, and Phoebe reports that it is served hot and delicious. More on tea later...
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Robert Alter's New Translation of the Psalms
My former student Bingham Powell has purchased the new translation of the Psalms with commentary by Robert Alter that just came available last week. He's currently about 20 psalms into it, and reports that it has the same layout as Alter's translation and commentary on the Torah and the David story. So far, although he finds some of the new renderings of favorite psalms to be a little jarring, overall he's enjoying the work. Has anyone else been reading this work and would care to comment? Input and discussion welcome...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Memorial Services for Brevard S. Childs and Michael P. O'Connor
On Tuesday, September 25th, friends and colleagues of Professor Brevard S. Childs will gather at Yale to celebrate his life. The service will begin at 5:30 pm in Marquand Chapel, followed by a reception in the Divinity School Common Room.
A Memorial Mass for Professor Michael Patrick O'Connor will be held at the Catholic University of America on Friday, October 19, at 1:10 PM in Caldwell Chapel. (Caldwell is the old academic bulding rather near the Basilica.) Parking is limited so the Metro is recommended (sometimes there are metered parking spaces near the Basilica).
There's to be a reception afterwards in the May Gallery on the first floor of the Mullen Library.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Phoebe's Photos From Renk, Sudan
Sunday, September 16, 2007
הִנֵּה מַה־טֹ֭וב וּמַה־נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם־יָחַד׃
"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!"
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Students Take Note: Proof Read, Proof Read, Proof Read
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Jerusalem Drainage Tunnel from 70 CE Discovered
Monday, September 10, 2007
10th - 9th Century BCE Beehive
MSNBC is reporting the discovery of an ancient apiary where bees were kept for their honey dating to the 10th - 9th century BCE. The ancient beehive was discovered five days ago at Tel Rehov in the Beth Shean Valley. Apparently this is the ealiest apiary yet found in the ancient Near East.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Procession at the Start of the Fall Semester
Friday, September 07, 2007
Amazing Squash at Trinity!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Yesterday's Labor Day Picnic at the Seminary
Susan S. shot this great photo of our daughter (now 17 months old) yesterday at the seminary Labor Day picnic. We all think Rebecca looks really cool in her shades! (The Hebrew on her shirt is just her name---a gift of the seminary students last year.)
For some of Susan's other great photos of the picnic, click here.