Sunday, January 31, 2010


Preparing to translate Luke 4 (in which the devil tests Jesus):

Adela Collins: "Now you're going to translate the temptation story.  Are you ready to be tested?"

Student: "Does that mean that you're Satan?"

Adela Collins: *Evil Chuckle*

Overheard: Greek Exegesis of Luke

Friday, January 29, 2010

Or Lady GaGa!

MDiv Student:  "We don't really have idols anymore"
Other MDiv Student: "Yea we do.  Starbucks!"

Overheard: New Testament

(Or Roberta Gibb!)

Boy! The New Testament is full of surprises!

Diana Swancutt: "Sex constitutes marriage.  And it's not just a two-way, it's a three-way."

Overheard in: New Testament

Ha ha! Ha! Heh. Heh. Um. Wha?

(discussing Jephthah's vow)

Harry Attridge: "There are different ways to be faithful to a text."
Student: "Please don't be faithful to it by killing your twelve-year-old daughters."
Harry Attridge: "Not that there aren't temptations to."

Overheard: Difficult Texts

Only for some people!

Student 1: "Oh no, it's a pouty agape angel."
Student 2: "I thought it was a fairy."
Student 3: "Isn't that the problem, really?"

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Who loves ya, baby? This gal

Student 1: "There are no dirty, funny jokes about the Bible."
Six students, scattered about the commuter lounge: "Yes there are!"
Student 1: "Well, if  you Google 'dirty Bible jokes' it comes up 'These are jokes that are not dirty.'"
Student 2: "Go to Overheard at YDS"

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Seriously. I need more Denys Turner in my life. Come to the Catholic House?

Denys Turner: "Some want to say that the medieval mystics are ineffable, but Pseudo-Dionysius was effing about all over the place."

Overheard: Medieval Theology

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Well... somebody's got to be honest

Denys Turner: "You want to kill a text dead? Do contemporary Biblical Studies!"

Overheard: Medieval Theology

but not phallic, thankfully

Denys Turner, while drawing a pictorial representation of Plato's Cave: I did this once on a board in Bristol, and a bright student said, ‘God, isn’t that phallic.'"

"I know you think of me as God.”

Overheard: Medieval Theology

Saturday, January 23, 2010

As long as you're not dating him BECAUSE he looks like Jesus...

1st-year M.A.R.: "At what point in my relationship with him is it appropriate to tell him that he looks like Jesus?"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

That's either commitment, love, or insanity

1st Year Div student, showing 3rd year how to use a Mac: "See, you can create folders and highlight them."

3rd Year:  "Wow, you can make them colors!  I could color them by class!"

Other 3rd Year:  "Or by liturgical year!"

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

You're the professor. You get to talk any time you like!

Diana Swancutt: "The reason I'm talking to you is my PowerPoint doesn't work.  It's a pretty PowerPoint."

Overheard: NT Interpretation

Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?

Student 1: "If I take Bruce Gordon's Death class, and the Archeology class, that's Indiana Jones."
Student 2: "Only without the snakes.  And the hat."

Overheard: Commuter Lounge

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm not sure that a male saying it would make any more sense

Female MAR student: "I have to get this paper out of my balls."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just like cattle?

Discussing strongholds of various denominations in the US:

Student: "There are more Baptists than people in the state of Texas."

Overheard: Commuter Lounge