Saturday, August 13, 2016

Where have I been?

Not me swimming

Also not me swimming

Humpback Whale in the St. Lawrence Seaway

We were away in Canada for eleven days, in Quebec City and then in Montreal. One day we drove up to go whale watching, and the humpback whales put on a real show. We saw a few other whales as well, including the spout of a blue whale from very, very far away--another boat was close enough to confirm it was a blue whale. The NWF says that the spout of a blue whale can reach 30 feet; we could only tell that it was huge from that far away.

The whales were magnificent. That three-hour boat ride alone made the whole eleven-day trip worthwhile.

On the other hand, it was not a vacation. I did some research and also spent a lot of time with this thing:

Proofreading the final page proofs of The Parables after Jesus

The final page proofs of The Parables after Jesus arrived the day I left, and I had a two-week turn-around. I returned my corrections Tuesday, so the only thing I have left to do before the book is published is to create the indices, which is always an unpleasant task.

Our faculty retreat (at Callaway Gardens this year) was this Wednesday night through Friday noon, so I just returned from there with a lot of work to do before meetings begin on campus on Tuesday.

Tomorrow, however, I will hopefully get the time to resume my series of posts on the rich man and Lazarus parable. I still have a lot of material to cover about the arable itself before I even start talking about its reception.

I also saw this painting in the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal:

Can you guess the artist and the person he painted?


  1. Looks like Erasmus. Maybe a Dutch or Flemish painter? They did a lot of great portraits, but I can't name one off hand...Good luck on the Indices, always enjoyable to read, much less to write!

  2. You're the winner! Erasmus by Hans Holbein the Younger. This is the one he painted circa 1630. Hope you are well.


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