I've had a wonderful Christmas break and I hope everyone whose life is dictated by semesters has as well. As many people do, I've given myself a few New Year's resolutions for 2009 -
1)Read atleast 3 books a week - I basically do this, but sporadically. I need to be more consistent. I tend to build up momentum in my reading, then drop off for a bit. I also need to be more focused in my reading.
2)Read a chapter of the Greek New Testament every day - This was one of the two pieces of advice that Joachim Jeremias would give to graduating students.
3)Quit getting on the computer as much - Blogging is fine; I learn a lot from blogs. But, I can waste ridiculous amounts of time reading websites that have no value. If I want to meet my reading goals, I need to spend less time online and watching TV.
4) Quit eating so much fast food - This is difficult for a college kid, but I figure as James Crossley gets older, someone has to be the best looking one in Biblical studies.
5) Write better blog posts - As I learn more, my posts should reflect this. "Better" is going to be hard to quantify, so I'd really appreciate it if you can write "boo" or something discouraging on bad posts. Positive reinforcement is for hippies who care about self-esteem.
A quick note: I've added Fr. James Swetnam, S.J.'s website to the blogroll. Fr. Swetnam is probably the leading Catholic authority on Hebrews (and has some fantastic arguments in favor of Pauline authorship). Fr. Swetnam was one of my professors at Franciscan University of Steubenville - he has retired as the Vice Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.
Tomorrow will be a post about all the new books I've bought/received since SBL with pictures!