I Knew More Torah Back Then

I’ve been realizing something as I’ve gone through my old tests and papers for my past rabbinics classes, in preparation for my comps: I knew a lot more Bible back then than I do now!  Or, more accurately, I knew a lot more Torah.  Why?  Because, back when I was taking those classes, I was going through the Pentateuch for my weekly quiet times.  My weekly quiet times helped my academics.  For the past couple of years, however, I’ve been going through Joshua-II Kings, and, recently, I studied Ecclesiastes.  My weekly quiet times haven’t had a huge impact on my course work for a while, largely because I haven’t been taking courses.

I’m still hoping that my weekly quiet times will help me in my academics.  I’ll be studying the Book of Psalms for my weekly quiet times, and that may help me on my Hebrew Bible comp.   

On another note: For my blog, I’m thinking of blogging about my past weekly quiet times—at some point.  I have notebooks that contain my notes on chapters of Scripture, and I may draw from them to write posts.  Granted, I’ve done my weekly quiet times differently over the years.  Nowadays, my approach is much more scholarly, and it draws on more sources than my earlier studies of Scripture did.  And so what you may get in those posts is me commenting on where I was in the old days in terms of my Scriptural study.  That sounds somewhat narcissistic, I know, but maybe I’ll also be able to share some edifying insights.

I’m not making any promises, but this is just an idea that I have.

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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