(1) On Tuesdays I attended “The History of Interpretation of the Gospels.” This doctoral seminar took students through the main eras of church history and examined the ways prominent and obscure people handled the Four Gospels. We had provocative and lively discussion. This class was stimulating, informative, and edifying.
(2) The “New Testament Colloquium” was on Wednesdays. Students and the New Testament faculty went through Brevard Childs’ Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments.
(3) Thursdays was dedicated to a class on “Romans,” one of my favorite books in the Bible. Students chose a Romans commentary to read and a Romans book to review. My choices were N. T. Wright’s commentary and Charles Cosgrove’s Elusive Israel, respectively. I enjoyed the first one but disliked the second.
(4) On November 28 there was a one-day “Old Testament Colloquium.” The theme was “Christ in the Old Testament,” and students were assigned books to read and then present to the class. I chose Sidney Greidanus’ Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, which I loved and found very insightful.
I wrote this during the 2-month break between the fall and spring semesters. It seems, though, that a break only means an early period to begin work on next semester’s assignments. Here’s to buckling down and getting ahead!