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Monday, November 19, 2007
  Sabbatical plans!
Now that the marking is finished, and before I prepare the paper for the Aotearoa NZ Association for Biblical Studies meeting (3-4 Dec) I am enjoying relishing planning my sabbatical which officially begins in days now :)

As well as writing:
  • an article on coherence and cohesion in Amos 7:1-8:3
  • organise a colloquium on the Coherence of Biblical Texts (perhaps alongside the SBL International meeting in Auckland in July 2008 )
  • another article on linguistic cohesion and coherence in Amos draft written (but not submitted)
  • complete Not Just a Father
  • editing: significant progress on Hypertext Bible Dictionary
  • possibly begin work on book on Family in the Bible or on Theology of Ageing
I will be going to teach intensive courses in two rather different Asian contexts.

A masters' course on Biblical Narrative at Colombo Theological Seminary will be intensive, the students get 9 hours of lectures and some reading before I arrive, and then over two weekends and some evening sessions midweek I'll deliver the other 27 hours of the classes.

The other class is undergraduate, teaching in a refugee camp which has its own Bible School with teachers coming from other parts of Asia with the occasional Western visitor like me.

Barbara will be coming with me to both places, and in the camp will probably use her counselling training! Our daughter Sarah will also come to the camp and will likely help teach English - education can be so important to people who have had so many other things taken away! I've been setting this up through Geoff Pound and his Theologians Without Borders, and have really enjoyed our email conversations, not least the excursi on topics like the possibilities of MP3s of lectures for local language distance education.
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