This week’s author interview is with John D. Currid. He is the author of The Case for Biblical Archaeology: Uncovering the Historical Record of God’s Old Testament People. It releases August 5th.
- What book are you reading now?
In academics, I am reading the excavation reports of the city of Philippi. My casual reading is Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great.
- Do you have a favorite movie?
The original True Grit. It is a story of uncommon courage against overwhelming odds.
- Do you have a favorite quote?
St. Augustine: “Earthly riches are full of poverty.” This saying puts the world in its proper place.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Do some writing every day. When I wrote my 7-volume commentary on the Pentateuch, I wrote commentary on one verse each day . . . no matter the verse. Some days of writing were long and others were short, depending on the content of the one verse. Writing is a habit.
- Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
Shelby Foote, the author of a three-volume series on the Civil War, wrote one page a day with a quill pen. I am not that quirky; however, I write all my works in long hand on yellow pads. I then edit the works as I put them on the computer. Dinosaur, I know . . . but writing by long hand slows me down, gives me time to think, and to see where I have been in my writing.
- What writers inspire you most?
They are varied, but I suppose they are the usual suspects: C.S. Lewis, Homer, all the biblical writers(!), and Faith Cook. In my field, I like the writing of the OT professor E. J. Young; he wrote simply but deeply (less is more!).
- Favorite book of the Bible?
Exodus. It tells the story of redemption out of darkness.
- Favorite sport?
Baseball. Chicago Cubs diehard fan.
- Tea or coffee?
- How can a reader discover more about you and your work?
Faculty page: rts.edu/people/dr-john-d-currid-2/
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