cover-fExactly 45 years ago, I began formal academic study of the New Testament. It began at Chapel Hill, transferred to Cambridge, Mass; continued in Nottingham; and concluded (tho’ not quite) at Tuebingen.

Looking back on it now, the whole thing was “A Heartache, A Shadow, A Lifetime” (Dave Mason). Tho’ I still have hope.

The hope lies in the inexhaustible life and wisdom of Jesus. That’s a well that seems to never run dry, or at least it hasn’t for me.

This podcast remembers a long line of impressive scholarly mentors, a longer line of students and teachers who were “working something out” (That’s the “heartache”!). It also reflects a kind of giving up on one strand of the work (the “shadow”), but a re-emphasis on another.

Finally — this is the “lifetime” — it casts a net of hopefulness, with a little help from Irvin S. Cobb.

I’ve tried to do some ruminating justice, to 45 years, in 45 minutes.