Are you a student or newly minted faculty member in biblical studies or a related area?
Do you feel certain you can contribute better to the academy or your church’s teaching ministry but have too much vying for attention to do so?
Do you know your area of specialty but struggle with managing the larger context in which your professional life sits?
Are you less present than you want to be in your personal life because of professional preoccupations?
If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place.
Hi, my name is David Stark. I’m a research professor who is learning to work well in biblical studies.
I want to help you do the same. Our programs often train us well in our content areas. But there’s a lot they have to leave out.
So, here you’ll find reflections on how to work well in biblical studies—particularly in ways typical curricula often miss out. Under this umbrella, we focus on helpful tools and resources, productivity, and working in academic biblical studies.
What to Expect
Typically, I post one essay a week. I try to rotate the kinds of topics covered in this essay among areas like those mentioned above but sometimes will camp out on any given topic for a series in several consecutive weeks.
To catch up if you’re just joining the discussion, you can start with reading the past five weeks’ essays:
- The Problem with Doctrines as Freestanding Assertions
- Pro Tips for Busy Writers: Nijay Gupta
- Pro Tips for Busy Writers: New Series
- Online Spiritual Formation in Christian Higher Education
- Authorities for SBL Style: Classes, Miscellanea
Recently, I’ve also started posting “Daily Gleanings.” You can anticipate seeing one of these shorter posts each weekday. It will typically contains two smaller reflections or resources you may find helpful.
For a sample, take a look at the past week’s worth of posts:
- Daily Gleanings (16 July 2019)
- Daily Gleanings: Open Access References (15 July 2019)
- Daily Gleanings (12 July 2019)
- Daily Gleanings: Finds from AWOL (11 July 2019)
- Daily Gleanings: Paul in RBL (10 July 2019)
We are all learning in each of these areas in one way or another, and writing about them here (and hearing from you) is helpful in my own learning journey.
To start “sharpening your own saw”:
- Take control of your days, and finish them satisfied with what you’ve accomplished.
- See how you can be free to focus on your most important projects.
- Expand your access to material for your research and writing projects.
- Learn about formatting authorities for the Society of Biblical Literature’s style.
- Stop hassling with fonts when typing biblical languages.
So that you don’t miss out on the discussion in the future, please take just a moment to subscribe to future posts via email.
If you’d like to learn a bit more about me, my background, and my current projects, take a look at my curriculum vitae.
If you’d like to join a course I’m teaching, take a look at what’s upcoming.
Or, if you’re looking for additional resources that might be helpful to your journey in biblical studies, you can find some of those as well.
If you have something specific you’d like to get in touch about, I’d love to hear from you in a comment here on the blog, or you can email. I’ll be happy to get back with you, though please do understand if it happens to take some time given what else is in the queue.