I’m excited to report these next words: this last semester completed my required course work for my PhD in Biblical Studies. It feels great to be officially done with classes!
(1) On Tuesdays and Thursdays I took “Advanced Greek Grammar.” Our in-class reading/translation was The Epistle to Diognetus, and each of us had to choose an additional non-biblical text to go through–I chose the letter of Ignatius to Polycarp. The class also consulted numerous articles and books on the Greek language, amassing many helpful resources for future language work. This class was stimulating, challenging, and helpful on many levels. Though I might not have expected it, this class was my favorite at SBTS during these four semesters of doctoral work.
(2) On Wednesday mornings I attended a seminar on “The Gospel of John.” On the first day of class I presented on the Greek of John 1:1-18, the marvelous prologue of the Fourth Gospel. A few weeks later I presented a research paper on John 5:19-30. Throughout the semester our class had rich discussion and edifying presentations. Each student also consulted a commentary on John’s Gospel in order to bring another scholarly perspective to the day’s passage and paper, and mine was John Ramsey Michaels’ new contribution to the NICNT series.
(3) Also on Wednesdays I went to a seminar on “Approaches to Old Testament Theology.” From week to week, students presented rounds of book reviews and then rounds of research papers, and the discussion was insightful and interesting, even when there was disagreement. I presented a book review on John Sailhamer’s Introduction to Old Testament Theology, and I wrote a paper entitled “The Presence and Development of Resurrection Hope: An Inquiry into the Law, Prophets, and Writings.”
My semesters at SBTS seemed only to get better and better, so part of me is sad to see the course work come to an end. But this crucial juncture in the program means a dissertation lies ahead–and, beyond that, graduation.