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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Support Lloyd Pietersen and the future of the discipline

I will simply cut and paste Mark Goodacre's post which I fully endorse:

Lloyd Pietersen and the University of Gloucestershire: Action needed

...now another British university department is similarly under threat from the university's own administration, and one of our good friends has heard today that his post has been terminated.

Lloyd Pietersen is Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator in New Testament Studies in the Department of Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire. For those who do don't know him, Lloyd is a first class scholar, a fine teacher, and a delightful person, a massive asset to the university. It is unthinkable that they would let someone like Lloyd go.

So what can we do? To begin with, we can pull out all the stops and inundate both Paul Bowler (pbowler@glos.ac.uk) and Patricia Broadfoot (vc@glos.ac.uk) with notice of the damage to research and the university's reputation.
I should add that the Facebook group has a lot of helpful detail for when you compose your letters.

16 Comments:

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

We are in a recession, or hadn't you realised. The bankers mostly, governments and ourselves are at fault. That universities have to spend their money wisely is hitting home. We have all got so used to easy money. And now the government is going the way of Zimbabwe, with its "quantitative easing" or printing money. Money now grows on trees. So why should biblical studies be an exception? I visited a Rolls Royce Company last week where redundancies had been announced because orders had been cancelled. The employees were very subdued.

Just thank God you don't have to put up with all the trivialities that come out of US biblical studies departments.

November 15, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another sensitive and insightful comment from the lovely Geoff.

November 15, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

Just to balance things up.

November 16, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

I wonder why you fear for your job. Mark Goodacre should too.

December 01, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

In fact when one thinks about a packed meeting on the subject of N T Wri Wrong, one wonders what biblical studies has come to. It sounds as though you should all lose your jobs.

December 01, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

And the same goes for Bob Cargill and the Golb affair.

December 01, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

Looks as though N T Wri Wrong has thrown-in the towel - something to do with his "trivialities" about which I wrote to Mark Goodacre's blog just before N T Wrong posted this: "WOTD:
trivialize v. to make trivial: reduce to triviality" - he's very sensitive you know. No wonder he's bored.

December 03, 2009

 
Anonymous Geoff Wrong said...

Geoff: Again, what the hell are you are talking about? Are your barmy ramblings are important? No. The NT Wrong paper raised some serious political issues about the discipline as a whole. Were you there? No. Have you read the paper? I very much doubt it. You are just guessing what might have been said and come to the conclusion, based on no evidence, that, erm, I, erm, God knows. Try reading things or viewing things before making things up. alternatively you could continue your usual past time by of inventing history and rewriting Josephus and the Gospels again.

December 04, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

What the hell has N T Wrong got to do with politics? Come on!

December 04, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geoff: Did you hear the paper or not? Have you read the paper or not? Or are you guessing?

December 04, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

OK, I didn't hear the paper, I am guessing. Perhaps you would put it on-line somewhere. As for inventing history, I'm guessing too, but then everyone does.

December 05, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

I asked Mark Goodacre what he thought about the principle of Geza Vermes's reconstruction of the Testimonium Flavianum. But he remained silent. Vermes's reconstruction was similar to the type of thing I have done. The main difference is that I believe Jesus was James. I also believe that the character known as John the Baptist (that occurs in the writings of Josephus after the death of Jesus) was also James who was expelled from Judea to Rome. You can read this on my blog.

December 05, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

N T Wrong has the mentality of a trainspotter.

December 06, 2009

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

I at first thought that Jesus in an Age of Terror might have had something to do with Christian origins. The title is misleading. The title rang a few bells in my mind. Who for example could have created a sense of terror, if not Vespasian and his son Titus. And "Paul" uses some menacing expressions in his epistles that make him appear as a dictator. There was terror underscoring his epistles.

December 06, 2009

 
Anonymous James said...

Ok, Geoff, you tempt me once more...

I at first thought that Jesus in an Age of Terror might have had something to do with Christian origins. The title is misleading. The title rang a few bells in my mind.

Ok, let me explain the title. 'Jesus' - the man in the NT and who lots of people worship. 'Age of Terror' allusion to the present. But the subtitle should help the most: 'Scholarly Projects for a New American Century'. That was designed to hit home that it was about contemporary scholarship, and combined with the main title, contemporary scholarship largely focused around the figure of Jesus. Now I though that was blindingly obvious, you know, cos of words and that but I will try and footnote every word next time.

Now maybe, just may, I'm a little too suspicious but I wonder if you were trying to shift everything on to your pet topic when you added, 'Who for example could have created a sense of terror, if not Vespasian and his son Titus. And "Paul" uses some menacing expressions in his epistles that make him appear as a dictator. There was terror underscoring his epistles.'
But maybe I'm too suspicious...

James

December 29, 2009

 
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