There’s an argument/debate going on among those who blog on the Bible (bibliobloggers) about why women haven’t been making it into the top 50 list. April DeConick has taken on the quest of promoting the work of female bloggers and is encouraging others to do the same.
I appreciate April’s zeal and encourage support of all blogs that have something interesting to say.
But the popularity of my blog doesn’t motivate me to write. Of course I want readers, but what I really want is to find out if anyone cares about the questions I’m asking and wants to join me in conversation. What I’m talking about matters to me. And I want to spend my time here talking with other people for whom it matters rather than having debates with other bloggers about the justice of our rankings.
While I teach and speak on diverse aspects of biblical texts, what I’m interested in right now is the literary/ideological dimensions of texts and how paying attention to those dimensions can help people talk about their own experiences. I respect people who talk about historical dimensions of the Bible, and I carry out historical work myself. But, in my blog, I’m interested in how the Bible is playing out in the public square and hoping (maybe naively) that I can get some public discussion started about the Bible as meaningful literature.