Saturday, July 02, 2005

Post SBL Conference: Saturday

I've returned to Seoul and reported back to my wife on all of the goings-on that have now gone on by. She and my two kids are each now one tee-shirt richer than before I left, so they got something out of this conference, too.

I finally had time to look up and read the other two SBL bloggers. Here are the links for Mark Cheeseman's blog posts on Deinde:

Mark hasn't yet blogged for Friday's session, but he has promised a special surprise for us all . . . I think.

Now for links to what Tim Bulkeley has written on his SansBlogue site:

His blog only continues to Wednesday, and I don't know if he intends to blog more on the conference. Meanwhile, I've added him to my blogroll.

Today's post won't amount to much, for I can barely keep my eyelids propped open with cinnamon toothpicks. I flew out of Singapore at nearly midnight and touched down in Seoul (Incheon, actually) at 7:30 a.m. for a trip of six and one-half hours (subtracting the hour due to crossing time zones).

Naturally, I couldn't easily sleep -- and the offer of a 4:30 a.m. meal didn't help me in my resolve to catch some shuteye. Plus there was a lot of turbulence, enough to have the fellow next to me muttering something to God. It sounded more like a muted conversation than a prayer, but it got us through the rough air patches.

Incidentally, I happened to meet David Clines and Heather McKay at the airport yesterday evening, so I invited them to drink a juice with me while they waited for their gate to open. This provided me an opportunity to ask a bit more about David's paper.

I inquired about the word for "design" in Job 38:2, namely 'etzah, and the significance of the fact that God took the trouble to show up for Job's question. Clines reads God as showing up simply to put Job in his place, not to comfort him by revealing concern. He doesn't think that 'etzah would encompass "justice," not for human beings anyway, for God's examples all have to do with the natural world -- nothing at all said about people.

That was about all that we had time for. I've still got questions, but mostly inchoate ones . . .


At 4:20 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Welcome back!

I like that title, "SansBlogue." Good pun.


At 5:00 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks for the welcome, and yes, Tim's blog is punny, isn't it?


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