A Comment that Bears Repeating

Over at Near Emmaus Brian noted that there was some list of relevant blogs that was produced by someone or something like that.  Well folks were having a pity party in the comments and lamenting their irrelevance for not being listed on this silly little list.  Naturally, my dear friend Esteban stepped in as a voice of reason saying, “I have never once been considered relevant in my life, and I don’t plan for that to change any time soon!”  To this I added the following:

I will say that The Right Reverend Vázquez is not now, nor has he ever been, “relevant.” Such “relevance” would imply an assimilation to the culture which is marked by moral decay and unfaithfulness. The Honorable Brother Prophet Father J. Esteban V(el)ázquez, D. Theol., Esq. has long been a beacon of hope in the dark and dreary world of repugnance in which we live. His wonderfully witty biblioblog is undoubtedly the last bastion of academic standards on the interwebs as can be seen by doing a simple comparison between it and all those blogs of “relevance” which are the blogging equivalent to LOL Catz. “Me wuvz me sum Jeezuz — U shood wuv him 2 — dat wood b spesh-L,” is about as deep as they go. I say we eschew all such lists with all of our being! It’s what Señor J. E. Vázquez de la Jesus, Ph.D., M.D., MMA would do!

And that’s the gospel truth! :-P

B”H

15 thoughts on “A Comment that Bears Repeating

  1. Huh. I guess I better write something soon then. ;-)

    Meanwhile, I never thought I’d see a better blurb for my blog than Kevin Edgecomb’s, but this is a strong contender!

  2. I blush!

    You guys crack me up.

    Who cares about lists? The only list I am concerned to appear in is the one inscribed in the Book of Life!

    And don’t get me started on the “biblioblog” word. Really. As Mommy said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

  3. Kevin: Yes, I remember your post about biblica- vs. biblio-, but in my case I talk about books more than the Bible so biblioblog works. And I’m with you on the list!

  4. Kevin> You know I love you, my brutha from anutha mutha, but I will NEVER be able to get behind that “biblicablog” atrocity of yours. To me it’s like nails on a chalkboard — sort of what it sounds like when people say “unfriend” rather than “defriend.” ;-)

    And, preach it!

  5. To me “biblioblog” sounds like the last noise of someone drowning in a bog. Or perhaps the noise of someone quaffing a gallon of heated semiliquid lard. Now that is an atrocity! And that in addition to its misappropriation by Biblical bloggers! The reality, she is the harsh mistress!

  6. Esteban: Is that -friend language Facebook related? If so let’s keep that crap to a minimum! I’d hate to have to unfriend you for talking about Facebook on my blog! :-P

    Kevin: I dunno—I think biblio- has the better aesthetic. I looks better when written and it sounds better when said. What would life be without beauty?

  7. Well, it’s a matter of meaning, to me, and “biblioblog” simply doesn’t mean what Biblical Studies bloggers think. “Biblioblog” already had and still has an established meaning as “a blog about books” not “a blog about the Bible”. The use of that particular word by Biblical Studies bloggers in particular is a symptom of its ghetto mentality, ignoring the wider usage and proclaiming its own usage through self-validation to be sufficient measure of reality. That insider attitude is built-in to much of academic Biblical Studies writers, and is especially the case of older writers (say mid- to late-20th century) drawing on fields from outside their own. So you’ll find that a thing enters Biblical Studies through a writer who draws on something from some other field in a half-assed attempt at being interdisciplinary, whose half-assed attempt (usually misunderstood and therefore misapplied) then becomes part of the tradition (and thus subsequently unquestionable!) yet it is never checked against or (heaven forfend!) brought up to date with the field from which it was taken. You see this in reliance of Biblical Studies writers on other Biblical Studies writers when dealing with outside subjects like historiography, folklore, and literary theory, to think of just a few.

    Anyhow, “biblioblog” as used by Biblical Studies blogging is just another of those execrable instances of self-willed ignorance cloaked in an academic gown. I roll my eyes, I tell you!

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