I bring good tidings of great joy to all people!

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!

  12 comments for “I bring good tidings of great joy to all people!

  1. September 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Wow, congrats, and welcome to the fold

  2. jamesbradfordpate
    September 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Does Nick know you call his blog “blah blah blah”???

  3. Rod
    September 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Welcome to the biblioblogs!

  4. September 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Welcome, Ashleigh! Actually, I’m happy to find the blog period. I hadn’t stumbled upon it yet (so… Hi to Jeremiah too!). I have now added it to my reader. I look forward to your posts. It seems you’ve got a lot of interesting experiences to draw upon.

    As it happens, I am a Fuller M.Div. grad and currently doing a Ph.D. at UCLA. In fact, I’m typing this from the schmancy Hubbard Library (still live in Pasadena), taking a short break from indexing a book.


  5. September 10, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Yeah, that Hubbard library is crazy. If they hadn’t built it when they did I doubt such an ambitious project would have been approved given the current Fuller financial situation.

  6. September 11, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Ashleigh: Welcome aboard!

    James: Well, I knew that Jeremiah called it that. ;-)

  7. September 11, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Welcome, Ashley. As one of Bart’s PhD students and former TAs, I’m glad to hear of the positive impact that class had on you. I’m sure Bart’ll be pleased also.

  8. September 11, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Welcome to you both. I look forward to reading.

  9. Diane
    September 15, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Ashleigh, since we met via a blog (shout-out to Christians for Biblical Equality @ http://blog.cbeinternational.org/ :-D), I was excited to learn that you will (continue to be [in a more formal way]) a biblioblogger!

    Today @ RevGalBlogPals they had a discussion about the dearth of bibliobloggers [http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.com/2009/09/2nd-monday-discussion-where-are-women.html]

    My excited response? “Have no fear—Ashleigh’s here!”

    Looking forward to future posts :-)

  10. September 28, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Where are the posts?

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