Announcing the New TheSacredPage.com
On this, the Feast Day of Annunciation, after years of planning and redesign, we are pleased to announce the relaunch of TheSacredPage.com. This website will remain devoted to Catholic biblical studies, but the fresh look is more than a face-lift.
A little history is in order. I began to blog in 2006 as a young graduate student. Brant Pitre, who had already completed his Ph.D., joined in February 2007. In 2010, I completed my doctorate and we renamed the blog, “The Sacred Page.” At that time, John Bergsma also came on as a third contributor. In August of 2013, John Kincaid came on board.
A lot has happened since 2013. Brant and I have joined the faculty of the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology (Greenwood Village, CO). John Kincaid is now at University of Mary (Bismarck, ND). Our new jobs have given us more time for research and publication. Among other things, Brant, John, and I have co-authored a book, Paul, A New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology (Eerdmans, 2019). Among other things, we hope to continue the engagement with Pauline scholarship we began in that book on this page.
From its inception, TheSacredPage.com has looked to engage contemporary academic work on Scripture from a Catholic perspective, while also reflecting on the place of the Bible in the life of the Church. The new version of this site will feature more book notices, book reviews, and other posts discussing the latest advances in biblical scholarship. At the same time, we will continue to feature reflections on the lectionary readings as well as other posts relating to Scripture and Catholic tradition.
Of course, even though some of us have written a book together, this does not mean that we agree on every matter. For Brant, John Kincaid, and me, writing the book on Paul together meant that, at times, we had to figure out how to manage differing views. I think that sharpened us. We deeply respect one another, but that does not have to mean always coming to the same conclusions. I think that is especially healthy for friends, particularly academics. We need more healthy disagreement in our culture and I hope we can model how Christians can go about that. I also think that this will sometimes make this website a bit more interesting.
You can see from the headings on the homepage some of the key categories we will be exploring. Others will be added in the near future.
Stay-tuned – more is coming. And, please, help us spread the word! Tweets, Facebook posts, etc.–anything you can do would be appreciated. Thank you!