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Book-Buying Hiatus

No, I’m not taking a hiatus from book buying. Rather, I’m on a de facto hiatus from posting because I’m buying books across the country for the next week and a half or so. As some of you know, in addition to working in publishing, I also work for a used theological bookstore which is kind of a sister company. Over the last couple months I’ve labored putting together appointments with a variety of libraries and professors of philosophy, Bible, and theology who are interested in selling off their academic libraries.

Today I bought books at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and was treated to a variety of rare and fascinating philosophical books, including a lot of old German editions of Husserl and Hegel. What really caught my eye was a great old volume of Scotus’ major writings that I was tempted to grab for myself. Tomorrow I’ll be buying books in Atlanta, Georgia, including around 2,300 books from New Testament scholar, Robert Kysar. Hopefully it’ll be quite a haul.

After that it’s a stop off in South Carolina for more philosophy books, then up to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina to buy books from the remarkable scholar, Geoffrey Wainwright which should be quite a treat. I’ll also by staying at the Rutba House, an intentional community in Durham where a number of friends and great folks live. Then I’ll be heading to Richmond, Virginia, the highlight of which will probably be some Old Testament and Judaica books from Frank Eakin, another noted scholar. Then, it’s up to Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. for more theology and philosophy, with a stop I’m looking forward to with Stephen Fowl, a good friend and theologian. Then, finally I’ll be heading home, by way of Sioux Falls, South Dakota to pick up some church history and theology books from the library at North American Baptist Seminary.

Hopefully, I’ll be back home and posting regularly by April 22nd, or so. Until, then I’ll post as I can. Hopefully some of you can take me up on critiquing your favorite theologians in my absence!


  1. Michael Westmoreland-White wrote:

    What a great job to have. I am so jealous. How can I get such a job? Especially the buying used theological and philosophical books part?

    Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  2. a. steward wrote:

    My old job is the one you really want – the Saturday afternoon boy: all the books, none of the inventory. Also none of the book buying trips, though.
    Halden, it’s too bad you have to miss the Perkins lectures. They have been quite an experience. If you’d care to listen to them, Mike Irvine has been recording them, and I’ve got the first two posted, with the rest to follow. Michael, I’m sure your work has brought you into contact with Dr. Perkins’ – you may be interested to listen as well.

    Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 6:09 pm | Permalink
  3. Halden wrote:

    Just one question, Michael. Are you ok with making $16,000 a year? ;o)

    Friday, April 13, 2007 at 2:42 am | Permalink
  4. Michael Westmoreland-White wrote:

    Er, sorry. I have a wife, 2 kids, so no can do with the $16k per annum. That was one of the problems with my work for Every Church a Peace Church–and then they ran out of money for my job! Sigh.

    Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 2:05 am | Permalink
  5. Daniel wrote:

    u should have let me known u were going to be in nashville! I am there every weekend and only live an hour away! booo!
    hope the wainwright visit is rockin, sounds like a great little trip u got planned.

    Monday, April 16, 2007 at 4:55 am | Permalink

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