Anyway, Friday will be my last teaching class, and then I will give three exams next week, and hopefully mark them all by next Friday, and I should be done!
Today I have been spending a little time planning out summer timetables. I have a full 3 months off and am hoping to spend most of it working on the doctorate. It is quite critical that I spend some concentrated time reading, doing primary analysis, and writing.
I have, of course, a list of side projects, of varying importance, but I have strictly allocated a minority of hours to them. These include:
- Finishing off my notes on 1 Peter. I mainly need to write notes on chapter 2, most of the other chapters are done, but there is a lacuna which is why I haven't posted anything.
- I will be giving a paper in Japan in September, on Cyprian and his rhetoric with regards to martyrdom. This utilises some previous material of mine, but I need to revise, update, and turn it into a paper rather than its current form.
- I have at least one good idea for a paper on Galatians, and I would like to get that written and submitted somewhere. I probably have a second good idea, but let's get one written first, shall we.
- If all goes well, I will complete at least 12 chapters of my Ørberg Greek translation, bringing us to chapter 21 by the end of Summer. That will be half my projected book, which I am aiming to be 40 chapters. If I get on a good roll, I could perhaps get more done. I would like to wrap up all 40 by the end of the year.
- There are lessons to prepare for next semester, though I confess to not knowing exactly what I will be teaching yet. John seems likely, which I am reasonably well acquainted with.
- I'm hoping to work with a currently graduating student to translate some basic 'guides' into Mongolian. A lot of my students do not have a clear understanding of "How to write an exegetical", "How to write a theological essay", etc., so I am hoping to produce a few short documents that will outline and explain basic procedures which will hopefully make explicit what I often leave implicit.
That is the short list, there are always more things I am dreaming of, but these are things within the realm of probability. So here's to finishing the semester well and getting back to reading and writing!