In the wake of the wretched Oscars that (thankfully) nobody watched, Jim West has bestowed upon this blog the “E for Excellent” award. Not only that, he’s said that this is one of six blogs he can’t do without, and which together with his form a sacred heptad of bloggy perfection. Why, Jim, thank you ever so much for the kind words!
Now, being tagged with this meme a recipient of this award entitles me to name 10 other excellent blogs, thus bestowing on them this award. While I will also name only 7 instead of the full number, I welcome this opportunity to note several blogs that I greatly enjoy. Naturally, I will not mention any from among the “Sacred Seven” already named (cf. Jim’s post), but it goes without saying that each of those (mine alone excepted) should be read by all. So, without further ado, here are my picks:
- Eric Sowell, Archaic Christianity. I discovered this blog only recently, but it has quickly become one of my favorites. To see why, check out Eric’s recent exercise on textual criticism and syntax in St Mark 1:4, and the latest installment of his ongoing series on St Ignatius of Antioch’s Letter to the Ephesians.
- J. K. Gayle, Aristotle’s Feminist Subject. Kurk is translating Aristotle’s Rhetoric rhetorically and feministically, and invites us to join him for the ride. It is difficult to keep up with him, I know, but the effort is not without reward: everything (from Bible translation to politics) looks different from the meeting place of the speakeristic and the feministic, and it pays rich dividends to follow where Kurk leads in order to take a look for ourselves from that vantage point.
- Kevin Edgecomb, Biblicalia. Kevin’s was one of the very first blogs I started reading regularly, and his truly recherché contributions remain an essential and much-anticipated element of my reading: original research and reviews in patristics, semitics, and canon; extensive notes for lectures that would otherwise remain inaccessible to the rest of us; choice selections from liturgical, patristic and poetic sources… in short, a must read!
- Juhem Navarro, The Paranoid Style [now defunct]. Juhem, a PhD student in political science and my best friend since middle school, offers brilliantly incisive (and often amusing) perspectives on politics and issues, news and research, and the role of science and religion in public life. [New blog at The Latinone.]
- Mike Aubrey, ἐν Ἐφέσω. Mike has read very widely on the interpretation of Ephesians, and it shows: his exegetical posts hardly leave a stone unturned, and neither do his reviews of pertinent second literature. He also has a keen eye for Greek grammar, such has I’ve been unable to find among students (and even teachers!) of that language anywhere. I never fail to learn something from whatever he writes.
- Biella Coleman, Interprete. My friend Biella, an anthropologist and newly an assistant professor of the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, is truly a blogging veteran: she’s been at it since 2002! Her doctoral research focused on hacker culture, about which she has written extensively also on her blog; lately she has been researching and writing about health care issues and patient advocacy, which makes for yet more fascinating reading.
- Phil Sumpter, Narrative and Ontology. Phil’s blog, which I’ve been reading since the week of its launch, is largely a vehicle to process his doctoral research on theological exegesis and Brevard Childs’ “canonical project.” I have found his explorations on these and related subjects illuminating from the beginning, and more than once they have put my own reading and thinking into perspective by allowing me to engage broader scholarly perspectives.
And that’s that! Enjoy discovering these outstanding blogs, in case you don’t know them already.