Call me

1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:43-51; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

I don’t carry a beeper or a cell phone. The services of professional biblical scholars rarely require that level of immediate access. No emergency calls to interpret an obscure passage. No rushing to the scene of a textual corruption. Yet it could happen. We are rapidly becoming a society “on call.” Technology provides us with a constant flow of information. “Call me,” our equipment says. “I’m here.” So why not Semitic philologists on call. “Hello? Yes, I see. Let me just grab my triconsonantal root extractor and I’ll be right there!”

 

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