Stop Making the Blogosphere So Damned Interesting, Jim Getz

Grades are due Monday evening, and I am still crawling along.

As if I don’t have enough distractions, a riveting conversation on Pentateuch criticism broke out at Jim Getz’s place. The trigger was David Carr’s RBL review of Joel Baden’s J, E, and the Redaction of the Pentateuch. When the RBL newsletter had come out, some friends and I emailed one another about the tone of the review (as junior scholars, our reaction amounted to “There but for the grace of God…”).

The comments thread to Jim’s post is striking for the attendance of actual players and other luminaries. Bloggers tend to be more junior than senior, and the place of senior scholars in the blogosphere has sometimes been isolated, rarely-updated news-release outlets, not closely in conversation with other Bible-centric blogging. At Jim’s post, the comments thread became the kind of discourse, with the kind of participation, that I think we’d all like to see more of.

Which really ticks me off this week, because as I have said, I don’t have time for that kind of thing right now. :^) Back to papers.

3 Responses

  1. Brooke, I’m with you! Most of the discussion occurred while I was feverishly grading papers and reading books for review. I was stuck on the sidelines of my own blog!

  2. I’m going to have to start making comments about controversial RBL reviews in the future!

  3. That was an interesting thread! Thanks, Jim, and Brooke, for the heads-up. It seems obvious to me that this is the future of scholarly communication.

    On the topic itself, I had the same reaction to hearing my father in law give a paper at a Pathology conference: I’m glad someone is doing this work, but I’m glad it’s not me.

    Also, it is odd to see such names beside squiggly monsters.

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