(1) Everyone has probably been grading thousands of exams, reading
hundreds of papers, and trying to get ten dissertations through the
mill before graduation time. Henceforth, we have no excuse.
(2) I read a couple of reviews of Crossan's book -- I think in the
NY Times and maybe in the Globe. More interesting was the interview
he made with Bill Moyers, one which I taped (VCR) and played to a
class. [Correction: Interviewer was Christopher Lydon, a very sharp
political and social critic who until recently was on Boston PBS-TV.
Usually a keen interviewer.]
To my amazement, the class was turned off by Lydon's insistent
questioning as though from the viewpoint of a naive believer,
especially focussing on the Resurrection. I thought they would
be distressed by Crossan's wonderful Irish bluntness, but they
I confess I haven't yet read the book; nor had I planned to, thinking
it would be another rehash of the same old stuff. But hearing
him talk about it, I suspect it will be a real zinger, and will
be reading it as soon as I finish my seminar on Abraham Lincoln
this summer. Much of the sociological work on the Bible in recent
years has either been Marxist or boring (some even both); he
sounded as though he would be neither. A REALLY peasant Jesus
speaking to a peasant society and attacking a systemically evel
evil political and economic structure seems to be his focus.
--Edward Hobbs (not really peasant, not really evil)