2018 Reading and Plans for 2019

Here are some of the best things I read during this past year, in no order that I am conscious of:

  1. Deep Work; Cal Newport
  2. No God But One; Nabeel Qureshi
  3. Eat This Book; Eugene Peterson
  4. The Odyssey; Emily Wilson (Homer)
  5. The Lost History of Christianity; Philip Jenkins
  6. A Biblical History of Israel; Provan, Long, Longman
  7. Medea; Oliver Taplin (Euripides)

During Spring, I took a Classical Literature course, and its amount of readings left me traumatized for months. So, I did not read much fiction this year. I hope to read more next year. The three that I most hope to get to are:

  1. The Lord of the Rings; Tolkien
  2. Jurassic Park; Michael Crichton
  3. The Woman in the Window; A.J. Finn

In terms of language work, in 2018 I worked through the Joseph, Samson, and Elijah narratives of the Septuagint as well as Xenophon’s Anabasis, Luke, and 1 John in Greek. This year, in original languages, I hope to read:

  1. Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition (Ross’ graded reading plan)
  2. The New Testament in a self-curated graded reader (starting in John, ending in Hebrews)
  3. Plato’s Apology (this is for a class, and I doubt we will get through it in its entirety)
  4. Jonah (in Hebrew)
  5. Esther (in Hebrew)

A few other miscellaneous works I plan to get through:

  1. Destoyer of the gods; Larry Hurtado
  2. As Kingfishers Catch Fire; Eugene Peterson
  3. Paul and the Gift; John Barclay
  4. Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels; Richard Hays
  5. The Crucifixion; Fleming Rutledge
  6. Missionary Methods; Ronald Allen
  7. Day of Atonement; David deSilva
  8. The Unseen Realm; Michael Heiser
  9. Einstein; Walter Isaacson
  10. Letters to the Church; Francis Chan

We’ll see what happens.


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