Indeed I do. Why, you might ask? And who am I anyway?
This is Jeremiah’s fiancée, Ashleigh, brought on board Walking Toward Jerusalem with the purpose of adding yet another female voice to the biblioblogging world. I told you there was good news!
Unfortunately I don’t know much about Luke-Acts. But I am, like my almost-husband, a master’s student at Fuller, with at least a few occasional thoughts on the Bible. Hopefully, with our powers combined, we will post more than once a month, as seems to be his habit… ;o)
A little more about me:
*I wanted to take Hebrew first, so my thus-far areas of knowledge are a little different from Jer’s. This problem will be remedied, in part, as we language-swap this fall–I’ll be starting Greek, and he’ll be starting Hebrew.
*I’m interested in doing a ThM, then studying sociology of religion at the PhD level. Disclaimer: the plans of 23-year-olds change often.
*As Jeremiah has mentioned, I self-identify as a feminist (though I wouldn’t put myself in the same camp as most “feminist theologians”). Actually, I first became interested in the academic side of Christianity at age 16 when I decided I needed to learn more about the Bible’s teaching on gender.
*I was a political science major and Afro-American studies minor at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
*My two religion classes in undergrad were exceptional experiences that will continue to influence me for years to come. First, I took Early Judaism with Jodi Magness, known for her work on Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls, etc. From this experience I retain an interest in the Second Temple period and a passion for understanding Jesus through Jewish eyes. Second, I took New Testament with Bart Ehrman, who is the reason I got to seminary in the first place. I loved the material and couldn’t live without digging deeper into the questions that rose from his class. Due to my own struggles with these questions and the negative reaction to Ehrman I’ve seen on the part of the larger evangelical community, my own commitment to fighting evangelical anti-intellectualism has been strengthened.
On that note, we shall part for now–but I look forward to getting to know you all in the days to come!