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Saturday, May 13, 2006
 
How (not) to read books ::

Scott McKnight (NT blogger I ought to read regularly, as his blog is so well-written, but don't because of no-one can read everything) has a fine, fun post "On Marking Books" (which I found through a lovely quote in Ricoblog). I agree with the commentor (Jonathan) who says:

"The only way to read Hengel is with a beer in hand to take the edge off."
That'’s definitely my quote of the week!

BUT the whole discussion appears predicated on actually "reading books". I have told generations of students: "Never read a book!" After this shocking advise I instruct them in the not-so-gentle art of scanning:
Later, of course, you may come back and either read other bits, or even if the book is really well-written and interesting, actually read it.

Yes, I'm a barbarian and a heretic, but I'm a busy barbarian, and my students are busy people too...
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PS: I'd no sooner finished writing the above, when the SBL email announcing the latest Forum appeared in my inbox. Serendipity. Athalya Brenner has a piece "On Blurbs, Prefaces, and Other Good Intentions" saying some of the same things, at least about blurbs and prefaces, though no one should tar and feather her with the same barbarian brush as me! Her piece is a plea for honesty in advertising. (At least according to a first very fast skim!)


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