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, I focus on helpful tools and resources, productivity, and working in academic biblical studies.
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 learning how to work well in biblical studies for yourself, take a couple seconds to subscribe to future content. That way, it’ll come directly to you, and you’ll be sure not to miss anything. While you’re at it, be sure to grab the free daily Bible reading plan or e-book on SBL style—or both. 🙂
Then, if you want to get a jump start on “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.
- Learn from well-published scholars how to be a more efficient writer.
- 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.
What to Expect
Typically, I post one article a week. I rotate the topics covered in this article 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’ articles:
- Pro Tips for Busy Writers: Matthew Bates
- 6 Reasons to Use Zotero in Your Research
- How to Master SBL Style in 7 Simple Steps
- Pro Tips for Busy Writers: Ben Blackwell
- Read the Original Languages in Logos—without Cheating
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: Planning Preaching (20 September 2019)
- Daily Gleanings: Consistency (19 September 2019)
- Daily Gleanings: Hittite (18 September 2019)
- Daily Gleanings: BDB (17 September 2019)
- Daily Gleanings: Focus (16 September 2019)
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.