On my recent trip from the UK to Nairobi, we transferred through Dubai. With four long flights and two all-night/day layovers each way, I figured that I might get a chance to get some significant reading done for my dissertation, so I carefully selected a range of key books based on size/portability. Unfortunately, I didn’t think very much about the contextual environment of my trip. On nearly every leg of the journey – going and coming – I was seated next to a very devout Muslim (twice of Pakistani origin). Each flight, we had great neighborly discussions, but when I eventually reached into my carry-on to pull out a book, I suddenly decided that maybe I should just check out the in-flight video selection.
Here’s is what I had with me:
- Luke-Acts and the Jews: Conflict, Apology, and Conciliation (Brawley)
- Luke-Acts and the Jewish People (Tyson)
- Luke-Acts and the Restoration of Israel (Ravens)
- The Jewish Wars (Josephus)
- The NT in Greek (This wound up being the “safest”, least offensive option.)
- The Theology of the Old Testament: Israel’s Gospel (Goldingay) – my “in-hand” weighty tome (see previous post).
Naturally, my selection for the return flight was much more benign. Still, even with a more benign selection of reading, I had to finesse my my way around the fact that I’m studying the “Hopes of Israel”.