Well, this is the 500th post in the history of the Naked Bible blog. I thought I’d take the occasion to make some announcements and give a heads-up to readers. I’ll be doing the same thing on my other blogs in the near future.
First, per the policy note on the MEMRA site, Module 2 for MEMRA has been canceled due to low enrollment **except for language courses.** There were only five sign-ups for non-language courses, so I can’t justify the time. All those who enrolled in non-language courses for the canceled module have already been sent a refund — and I thank those people for their interest. All those who enrolled for language courses for Module 2 will receive their beginning of term email around Sept 10, as those courses *will* run as schedule, beginning Sept 24. Registration for Module 2’s language courses ends on Sept 1.
Second, the above reality and some other circumstances I’ll touch on below have led me to decide that, come 2013, MEMRA will only be offering language courses. I will offer biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, and Ugaritic in 2013. I will also probably add Aramaic in the summer of 2013. If that works out, Egyptian will follow. Things are more manageable this way, and the language courses have shown more regular interest. So, the two-year MEMRA experiment has morphed again. This time it looks permanent.
Third, I am taking the MEMRA issue as providential. I have begun to take some things off my plate to give me at least a little time for writing the sequel to The Facade and, Lord willing, enter the content editing stage for The Myth That is True. Regarding The Facade, the book has now been moved to Logos Bible Software’s new fiction and trade publication label, Kirkdale Press. This means that The Facade and the sequel will be available in multiple formats (including print). It also means that the Kirkdale staff will assist in marketing both books to a new wave of readers. They have already created a new Facebook page for The Facade, as well as a new Facebook author page for me. I have to confess that, though I have a personal Facebook page, I don’t look at it much and really don’t know how it works beyond posting things. I presume that you can go to the links above and “like” the pages, so I hope you’ll all do that. I will be using those pages (along with Twitter @msheiser) for further announcements about The Facade and the sequel. So if you want to follow the news on those fronts, I guess you can bookmark, join, or friend the pages (anyone who uses Facebook will know what to do to get attached to the pages). At any rate, I do know how to post news there, so I’ll be doing that when I have something to report. Look for an announcement about Kirkdale and The Facade in the near future on the Facebook pages, as well as Twitter
Fourth, there are also plans for Logos to produce my book, The Bible Code Myth, and my divine council dissertation (in Libronix format). I don’t know the precise timetable for those things, but that’s what the Facebook author page is for.
Awesome, good news. I prefer not having the further opportunity to take non-language courses with you than you not publishing your books yet. Being too suffocated with work in one’s lifetime isn’t good. One must find a balance, and if this is it, go ahead. I admit I have been on the same trend for a number of years, trying to figure out which are important projects and which aren’t, while eliminating the least important, like the website and the blog I was building, I had to eliminate them (=no time).
“my divine council dissertation (in Libronix format)”
Good to hear.
I for one am sad to hear it. I appreciate the time you have put into your MEMRA theology classes.
The course I took last year has been among the finest additions to my bible knowledge base I’ve ever had. Explained a lot about the overall narrative for me, so thanks for the hard work even if it doesn’t continue.
Even if you see it as providential to close it down now, I have no doubt God led me to find this site so I could learn what I did.
I honestly believe the courses would be quite popular if more folks simply knew what was available and how much it helps believers.
thanks for these thoughts!
Bummer about lack of desire for anything except MEMRA language courses. That part is good news, of course, since it means people want to know the languages, to ultimately understand the Bible better (hopefully). Maybe the market-driven stuff is good though: it frees you to do other stuff which is equally important.
Yay! about the Facade sequel, as well as editing (and eventual publishing of) the Myth Book. Small disciplined steps will result in reaching the goal, in Kingdom progress, one way or another.
Thanks for the heads up…looking forward to the future!
We finally get to see what happens with Melissa and Brian. You told me a long time ago not to assume anything about anything about where the story will go…I can’t wait!
I’m feeling the pressure now!