Well, I just got a contract for my first book with Oxford University Press. This book, based on my years of independent research on Jesus’ tour of India and Tibet as a young man, unearths evidence that Jesus also went to China and met the Han dynasty emperor of his day. I have also just sold the newly-uncovered scrolls that support my theory to the Smithsonian.
Happy April Fool’s Day!
Francis and the Sultan
This last month has been a success for my Francis research. I presented my paper at the American Academy of Religion, Western Region, and got some great feedback. April is going to be the “dead month” for this thesis. I am presenting it at the Medieval Association of the Pacific in Reno next weekend, and May 4 I am presenting it on campus. I hope to have it submitted the first week of May.
I may have mentioned here my work as a research assistant on a critical edition of 4QXIIg, a particularly messy Qumran scrolls of the Minor Prophets. This last month I have gotten almost nothing done on that project, so this spring quarter I am hoping to log at least 3-4 hours per week. Also, while I was at the AAR-PNW, I saw on the book display table Erik Reymond’s Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology. Seeing that gave me the idea to write a paper on the Hebrew variants in 4QXIIg. This side project would be helpful to our text-critical notes, and I could present it at a regional SBL next year. This would help me as I progress toward becoming a biblical scholar.
March was a good month for languages. Between finishing Plato and writing a paper on idolatry and religious alterity in Deuteronomy that required me to translate Deuteronomistic passages, I got a lot of good practice in. The Plato course in particular refreshed me on a lot of syntax I had forgotten, especially conditionals. This spring quarter, which just started, I am studying Homer’s Iliad. This will be my second quarter studying Homer in Greek.
This month I will also be presenting my Gandharan art research at the San Jose State University Art History Symposium, “Between Two Worlds: Syncretism and Alterity in Art.” Between that and Reno I have an exhausting month ahead.
Onward and upward!