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.

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  • How can a reader discover more about you and your work?

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