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!