Daily Gleanings: Scriptures (12 November 2019)

Forthcoming from Westminster John Knox in fall 2020 is Ancient Jewish and Christian Scriptures, co-authored by John Collins, Craig Evans, and Lee Martin McDonald.

Apparently, as of this writing, this release date is too far out even for WJK to have the volume on their website (!).

According to WJK’s most recent print catalog, however:

Ancient Jewish and Christian Scriptures examines the writings included in and excluded from the Jewish and Christian canons of scripture and explores the social settings in which some of this literature was viewed as authoritative and some was viewed as either uninspired or heretical, and how those noncanonical writings demonstrate the historical, literary, and religious aspects of the culture that gave rise to the writings. John J. Collins, Craig A. Evans, and Lee Martin McDonald also show how literature excluded form the Jewish and Christian canons of scripture remains valuable today for understanding the questions and conflicts that early Jewish and Christian faith communities faced. Through this discussion contemporary readers acquire a broader understanding of biblical scripture and of Jewish and Christian faith inspired by scripture.1P. 14

Daily Gleanings: Memory (11 November 2019)

Just in time for SBL and all those new people you’ll meet if you attend, Brett McKay and Nelson Dellis discuss “how to get a memory like a steel trap.”

The discussion focuses on various techniques for improving your memory.

Beyond names and faces, some of these principles may also help you fend off the “absent minded academic” phenomenon even if you don’t decide to apply them to the same kind of competitive situations as Dellis discusses.

How to Quickly Number Pages for Short Essays in Word

The guidance about page number placement in the Student Supplement for the SBL Handbook of Style is clear enough. How to achieve this placement in Word is anything but.

As easy as some things have gotten in Word over the years, this process still isn’t at all intuitive.

Fortunately, it’s also not too difficult once you know how to tell Word how you want your page numbers formatted.

1. Introduction

The trick is to sequence the steps in the proper order. That way, you can eliminate the back and forth trial and error that can make setting up proper page numbers so frustrating.

The process is slightly different for “short” essays (14 pages or less) than it is for “long” essays (15 pages or more).1Student Supplement, §2.7.

Here, we’ll assume you’re working on a short essay. And to format a new short essay document to use page numbers properly, you just need to follow a few simple steps.

2. A Word on Word

Before I get to those, though, I should note that I’m also assuming you’re using the most current, fully supported version of Word available via Office 365.2As of this writing, this is 16.0.12130.20272.

If you have a different version of Word, you may find some differences also in the precise steps required to format your page numbers.

But any reasonably recent version should allow you to follow along with this process pretty easily.

3. The Steps

3.1. Create your essay’s title page.

3.1.1. Type your title page. If you need a refresher on what the Student Supplement recommends for a title page, you can refer to sample 3.1 on p. 14.3Word does have a built in feature to insert a title (or “cover”) page. But none of the default versions of this page reflects what the Student Supplement wants very closely. So I find it’s simplest just to create the page yourself.

3.1.2. With your cursor at the end of the last line of your title page, go to Layout > Breaks > Section Break > Next Page.

3.2. Create your essay’s body.

3.2.1. Double click in the header (or top margin) of page 2. Check Different First Page. Uncheck Link to Previous.

3.2.2. Click in the footer of page 2. Uncheck Link to Previous.

3.2.3. Insert page number by going to Page Number > Bottom of Page > Plain Number 2, which should show a preview of a page number in the bottom center of the page.

3.2.4. After you add the page number, highlight and right click it. Then, choose Format Page Numbers.

3.2.5. Under Page Numbering, choose to Start at 1 rather than to continue from the previous section. Click OK.

3.2.6. Double click back into the main text area of the page numbered 1 (the second page in the total document). Start typing your paper until you have enough text to roll over onto the start of what will be page 2 (the third page in the total document).

3.2.7. Double click into the header of this third page in the total document. Insert page number by going to Page Number > Top of Page > Plain Number 3, which should show a preview of a page number in the top right of the page.

3.2.8. Double click back into the main text area of the page numbered 2 (the third in the total document). Continue typing the rest of your paper until you get ready to add your bibliography.

3.3. Create your essay’s bibliography.

3.3.1. With your cursor at the end of the last line of text in the body of your paper before your bibliography, go to Layout > Breaks > Section Break > Next Page.

3.3.2. After you create this section break, you should see the page number 1 on the first page of what will become your bibliography. Double click into the footer of this page, highlight the page number, and right click it. Then, choose Format Page Numbers.

3.3.3. Under Page Numbering, choose to Continue from the previous section. Click OK.

3.3.4. Double click back into the main text area of the first page of your bibliography to fill out that section. If your bibliography reaches beyond one page long, you should see that each of the pages in your bibliography after the first one displays the next consecutive page number in the top right.


It can take some getting used to. But learning how to properly set up page numbers for short essays in Word can save you a great deal of time and frustration figuring it out by trial and error.

How have you normally set up short essay page numbers in Word?

Header image provided by Patrick Tomasso

Daily Gleanings: Old Testament (8 November 2019)

Old Testament Essays openly releases three issues annually. According to the journal’s statement of purpose and scope,

Since its inception Old Testament Essays functions as a vehicle which publishes Old Testament research from various points of view. Its readers are members of the Old Testament Society of South Africa and its primary aim is to regulate and propagate the study of the Old Testament in Africa. Various fields related to the study of the Old Testament are covered: philological / linguistic studies, historical critical studies, archaeological studies, socio-historical studies, literary studies, rhetorical studies, et cetera.


Daily Gleanings: Freedom (7 November 2019)

Via a Chrome extension, Freedom adds support for Chrome OS and Linux devices.

Of course, for Linux users, the Chrome extension won’t allow Freedom to run a session that blocks sites in other browsers like Firefox.

But for instance, if you

have a Chromebook, an iPhone, and an Android tablet. You know each device offers its own set of tempting distractions.

Add those distractions to a blocklist on the Freedom dashboard, choose your devices, and with a single click of the “Start” button, all the selected devices are actively blocking the selected distractions.

For more information about Freedom of Chrome OS and Linux, see Freedom’s full blog post.

For more about using Freedom to support your priorities, see this post.

Daily Gleanings: Overwhelm (6 November 2019)

Erik Fisher and Tonya Dalton discuss how to move past overwhelm.

In this particular discussion, there is somewhat less attention given to the theme of “missing out” by not having certain things on our plates in the first place in order to focus on what we find more important.

This is acknowledged but Dalton develops it less here than she has elsewhere.

Instead, most of the episode focuses on how to start because Dalton identifies “not knowing where to start” as the core of overwhelm. So, it may be helpful particularly in this respect.

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