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Theological Notebook: End of Grading, Looking Ahead 
17th-May-2011 06:34 am
Jesus Teaching
Mercifully, the grading is finally done. I may crash for a day or two, and then I'll rev up for a summer of research and writing, which will be a great break from the pure teaching of the last eight months.

Still, as the poster to the right shows, I'm already having to look ahead and take care of some of the preparation for my fall classes. This year, I'll be advertising a bit more.... I always liked this Time cover: I thought it was a great piece of graphic design, and that it creatively capitalized upon – rather than was limited by – how we don't know exactly what Jesus looked like, and have thus imaged him variously through the centuries. My final book selections for that course, as I partially discussed the other week, are going to be:
Theology: A Very Short Introduction by David F. Ford
The Gospels
Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture by Jaroslav Pelikan
God Sent His Son: A Contemporary Christology by Christoph Cardinal Schonborn
Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection by Pope Benedict XVI
So, conceptually, that makes the class readings (in order): "orientation" text, source texts, historical/cultural text, hard-core theological/historical text, and then spiritual text. This will be my second time teaching the course, so I'm hoping that these tweaks of selection will help me get the recipe "juuuuuust right."

In the meantime, vegging with a vividly non-academic book sounds really attractive right now. Actually, I already had a thought about that, but I seem to have foiled myself, as the one book I went looking for is gone. Milwaukee Folks: I have a vague recollection that I loaned one of y'all my fussy, purist British-English paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but I cannot for the life of me remember to whom. It'll be too late to satisfy the craving, but I would like to keep track of that. Help a guy out?
17th-May-2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hi Mike,

Amy Lloyd commented on your Facebook post.

Amy wrote: "I don't think we have it. We have, I think a Latin one and German one, but not Britsh. I will ask Dan this morning though to be sure."

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17th-May-2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hi Mike,

Donna Harris commented on your Facebook post.

Donna wrote: "Mike just took it off the shelf. Will you be back up here soon or should he drop it in the mail today? Send us your address and phone number when you get a chance. Zeke is asking too many questions that little boys ask and we think you would be the best to answer them. :)"

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17th-May-2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hi Mike,

Mike Novak commented on your Facebook post.

Mike wrote: "Hey Donna! Huh. I figured you guys were the Least Likely To Have It, since you'd long since plundered those. It's no big deal: I'm just glad to know where it is. But Zeke? I should think that you and Mike are perfectly capable of telling him where he came from!"

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18th-May-2011 05:34 am (UTC)
Hi Mike,

Donna Harris commented on your Facebook post.

Donna wrote: "Well, we could tell him where he came from - though maybe not yet. But we cannot tell him where Hawkman came from. And he is asking A LOT of questions about those DC folks....."

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18th-May-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
I love the way that the best christology is meeting the risen lord in his church his body.
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