The blog hit a low-point when I began to look in-depth at the Greek word arche, which either means "beginning" or "principality" depending on a number of factors that I have explored. The low-point was to realise that this is not what people look for in a blog, and sadly since then my stats have plummeted and remained lower despite returning to more accessible themes, like the posts on Judas. I really want to finish that work, however, but I have a problem that I cannot resolve. While I have something of a theory (with predictive power) for arche, I have one significant exception in a verse from the gospel of John, chapter 8. It is a real head-scratcher for me. I could just push on and say something along the lines of "the exception proves the rule", but I don't want to do that!
What do you do when you hit a lull? My solution is to read again. N.T. Wright, prolific scholar of Pauline stuff, said that the secrets to his writing (and he writes masses of high-quality material) is his reading. He took 20 years to mainly read - not write. (BTW recently heard a great debate here between him and James White here on Paul and Justification)
So I have two new books to get into and through thanks to Father Christmas. I have gone for Kindle version of
The Unseen Realm, by Michael Heiser, which is thus-far excellent, and:
The Virginal Conception & Bodily Resurrection of Jesus
- yet to receive this one.
The first of these may help me research a future chapter on the Old Testament for my expanding paper.
Happy Christmas everyone, and a very happy new year.