Ways for Institutions to Embrace Student Blogging

While we are finishing redrafting the SBL paper, I wanted to share with you some of the ways I believe institutions could foster student blogging. One of the issues Brian LePort raised was insistence on Google of keeping everything. Google doesn’t actually keep everything, but it does keep a lot and for a long time.

Anyway, to answer some of the questions raises — like who owns the material, etc… — this is what I’d propose:

  1. Create a class blog via one of the blog programs that allow multiple authors or even blogs. This will allow the material created to remain under the domain of the professor if not the institution. This point will help define the following points.
  2. Blogging is not meant to take the place of classroom learning nor classroom participation. It is merely meant to supplement it. To insure the student engages in the classroom, the professor should require blogging but likewise limit blogging. Require a certain number of blog posts or other online engagement, because by doing so you also may reserve the right to limit engagement.
  3. Allow your students to blog their classroom assignment and/or experience. However, as I was cautioned by one of my professors, do not allow them to mention other students.
  4. Encourage early and often online publication via the various online journals and magazines such as Bible and Interpretation and The Marginalia Review. While many may be turned down at first, learning how to write for a wider audience will only benefit them in the end.
  5. Become a blogger


Wesley’s Rules for Blogging – Stay in Love with God

Stay in Love With God

How does this apply to us, especially those who are other atheist or agnostic, or who simply do not want to engage in theology?

The Wesleyan premise was pretty simple. He looked over the landscape and saw the Anglican Church abandoning the poor in favor of themselves and their own power structures. They had lost the love of God as exhibited in their works to others. They knew God and in many ways served God but simply did not love God. They were themselves the object of their love.

Bloggers can become a self-obsessed lot, blogging more about themselves than any previous outside goals. There are some blogs who are established to deliver information only about the author. There is no engagement, no comments. They exist a website that updates on a regular basis. As a Christian who believes blogging can be a ministry, I find pay sites (especially those designed as a ministry) appalling. What is the love here? What is the direction of the love?

I want to broadly interpret this rule for those who may not necessarily believe. Stay in love with something other than yourself. This provides something of an accountability to your blogging. If you are no longer blogging just to hear yourself speak, then you will blog more responsible. As a Christian, if your blog does not showcase the love of God in some way, then you may be doing it wrong.

Wesley’s Rules for Blogging – Do Good

Wesley’s Second Rule is:

Do Good.

This rule is even further detailed by Wesley:

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, in all the
places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

Today, blogging is held in a vastly different land. There are free sites, but many are moving to the self-hosted arena. To this end, I try to offer server space and help to new bloggers just starting. I try to share their links on my blog, twitter, and various facebook pages/walls. Why? Because I have no need to insure I am the only voice, but believe the true democratization of blogging will help increase our field and help in combating the sheer stupidity of the internet.

Do all the good you can

Blogging has the capability of doing something rather good. We see this all the time on “mommy blogs” and other niches. Biblioblogging has seen some great moments as well. When someone is fired unjustly, we respond. We someone suffers loss, we respond. When one blogger found most of his books destroyed by mold, people from all over the world responded with donations. We highlight each another’s accomplishments. We help to promote each other. We also help to call attention to injustices.

“Doing Good” is the easiest thing a blogger can do because it takes nothing to create a post highlighting injustice, sharing charitable giving sites, or even posting a note of good cheer once a week.

Just think about the voice your blog can give to the Good in this world. Specifically, you can do good for your fellow bloggers. Start there. Help to call attention to new blogs. Share you knowledge. Promote the books of your fellow bloggers. Help to call attention to specific issues that need to be address, even if on a worldwide stage. Another way is to help them by visiting their Amazon stores. Seriously, there is almost no limit on the amount of good you can do with a blog.

A new (to me) biblioblog: ἐνθύμησις

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Jacob Cerone. I am married to my lovely and beautiful wife, Mary Beth. We have a newborn baby named Elijah, and two dogs  (Tölpel and Jazz).  My main interests lie in languages: Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and German.  I also love theology (biblical, systematic, narrative, and historical).  I am currently a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as a ThM candidate. My major professor is Dr. David Alan Black and my research focus is Septuagint studies. I currently attend Cary Alliance Church, and was recently ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I also serve as research assistant for Dr. David Alan Black. My hope is that all I learn and write will be to the glory of Christ.

via About | ἐνθύμησις.

Wesley’s Rules for Blogging – Do No Harm

Wesley’s first rule is rather simple to adopt to our discussion on blogging.

Do No Harm

The goal of this rule is to allow the people called Methodists to present themselves as those who are saved. This rule allowed for them, unlike other Christians in the abusive power structure, to present evidence of a counter-cultural power, one that relied on transformation rather than subjugation. Wesley practiced non-violence and afforded himself every opportunity to offer his hand of fellowship.

How does this apply to us today?

Blogging used to be a cut-throat world. In the early days of blogging, we engaged in civil wars, even finding it worthwhile to argue over what we would call those bloggers who blogged in some way about Scripture. Further, before publishers knew the value of blogging, we would seek to undercut one another for the best books. Many wouldn’t even share information on how to reach publishers. We were a harmful lot, refusing to allow anyone new in and keeping nice, unwritten rules to prevent those whom we didn’t really want in.

This was harmful. Many of us have stopped this and in the following post, I will explore some of the ways to Do Good rather than harm.

“Do no harm” as a blogging rule is also about personal relationships. Cyber-personas develop easily. This mask we are able to make is one that is dangerous because it allows us to be mean, terrible people. In real life, many of us are not like that. Online, we can we be combative, insincere, snarky, and caustic. In person, many  find we are roundly different. This is harmful not only to those we use our mask to scare, but so too to ourselves because we lose many friends along the way.

Another aspect of this rule is the way bloggers go after something. There are no editorial boards I have to answer to, nor am I required to fact check my statements. I can just rattle off an opinion against someone and have it into Google which seems to me more authoritative than a CV. I have no responsibility to insure I have to think ahead nor do I worry about how my statements may come back to bite me. If we took the first rule seriously, we would act as our own editorial boards and fact checkers. We would wait until news developed before throwing stuff out on the web and we would be cautious when charging against someone. We would seek to do no harm.

However, harm is not “push back” nor is it correction or otherwise an attempt to right a wrong. There are times to be rough when confronting ignorance or false information. There are errors to stand against and arguments to dismiss. This involves weighing the harm that is to be done. Is it more harmful to allow false facts/error, etc… to continue or more harmful to step into the fight? Of course, this leads us to a Just War theory on blogging. Someone else can develop that. Just remember, non-violence is not anti-violence.

Wesley’s Rules for Blogging – Introduction


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This has been of interest to me since the SBL Online Publication Session in 2012, but since N.T. Wright mentioned it to just a few of us in our a private reception, my thoughts are focusing on it. One day, I’d like to teach a seminary class on Online Christianity and include a section on ethics. For now, it will simply be a blog post.

There are some heavily developed rules for ethics, ethical frameworks, and even ethical models. As a United Methodist, I will simply turn to Wesley and utilize two sets of his rules. The first is the well known “Wesley’s General Rules.” The second are “Wesley’s Rules for Singing.”

(The links will become live once the posts are posted. At the moment, they are all scheduled).

The General Rules are simple:

The Rules for Singing are:

1. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up and you will find a blessing.

2. Sing lustily, and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of it being heard, then when you sing the songs of Satan.

3. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, as to be heard above, or distinct from, the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.

4. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung, be sure to keep with it. Do not run before, not stay behind it; but attend closely to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can. And take care you sing not too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from among us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

5. Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this, attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

Over the course of the next week, I want to engage these frameworks as a sort of ethical and practical guide to blogging.

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a new app for Greek and Latin studies

Use one app to look up any Greek or Latin word: Logeion was developed at the University of Chicago to provide simultaneous lookup of entries in the many reference works that make up the Perseus Classical collection. Most reference works represented in this app are based on digitized texts from the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University.

  • Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon (1940)
  • Liddell and Scott’s Intermediate Greek Lexicon (1889)
  • Autenrieth’s Homeric Dictionary
  • Slater’s Lexicon to Pindar (1969)
  • Lewis’s Elementary Latin Dictionary (1890)
  • Harper’s Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
  • Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
  • Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography
  • Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities
  • Perseus Encyclopedia

The app draws data from the following Greek and Latin textbooks.

  • Greek: An Intensive Course, by Hardy Hansen and Gerald M. Quinn
  • Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises, by Joint Association of Classical Teachers
  • Learn to Read Greek, by Andrew Keller and Stephanie Russell
  • Learn to Read Latin, by Andrew Keller and Stephanie Russell
  • Introduction to Attic Greek (2nd edition), by Donald Mastronarde
  • Wheelock’s Latin, by Frederic M. Wheelock and Richard A. Lafleur
  • Basiswoordenlijst Latijn [Basic word list for Latin], by J.K.L. Babeliowsky, D. den Hengst, W. Holtland, W. van Lakwijk, J.Th.K. Marcelis, H. Pinkster, J.J.L. Smolenaars, Staatsuitgeverij

Download the app at the App store.

via New App: Logeion | American Philological Association.

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