Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Slaves of God and Christ: My Ph.D. thesis is now available for free from Durham University Library

I completed my Ph.D. in 2002 at the University of Durham in the UK. The title of my thesis was "Slaves of God and Christ : a traditio-historical and exegetical examination of slavery metaphors in Early Judaism and Pauline Christianity." Quite a mouthful, I know.

The published version of the thesis was titled Slavery Metaphors in Early Judaism and Pauline Christianity (Mohr Siebeck, 2003). Not much better, I know. But I learned early on that authors don't have a lot of say in the titles of their books.

In any case. The University of Durham Library has announced that they are making available electronic versions of theses . So if you are interested to see what I had to say in "Slaves of God and Christ : a traditio-historical and exegetical examination of slavery metaphors in Early Judaism and Pauline Christianity," you can click on the title and you will be taken to it.

Funny side story. Several months after I had submitted the thesis to the library I was hit with a moment of vanity and decided to punch my name into the library catalog so I could see my name and thesis on the all important pale green screen. I was shocked to see that while my name was spelled correctly the title of my thesis didn't read the "Slaves of God and Christ" but the "Sleeves of God and Christ." Somehow my thesis about slavery metaphors had been turned into a study of anthropomorphic descriptions of God's clothing.

I immediately approached the kind lady at the theses desk and explained to her that the title of my thesis had been incorrectly entered. She assured me that if there was a problem it was not on their end but mine. She insisted that I must have written the title incorrectly when I submitted the thesis to the library.

Immediate panic hit me and since the scenario she suggested was plausible I resisted reaching across the desk and choking her. I asked her if she would "be ever so kind as to go and check the hard copy of the thesis" to make sure that this was in fact what happened.

As you can see, if you click on the link, the problem was not mine, but theirs. It seems someone on their end (believe it or not) had entered the title incorrectly. So the lesson I learned was that although vanity may be a sin, it can sometimes save you from embarrassing moments.


  1. Holy Smokes!!! 300 pages?!?!?
    When did u have time to chase sheep and beer?

  2. "Sleeves of God and Christ"

    That would have been an interesting one to write! :-)