Hello. My name’s Matt and I’m a blogger.
I’ve been writing Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth for a good few years now, and it’s been a great experience. After all, blogging is one of the few hobbies where you can find yourself writing about comic books, politics, science, weird history, Doctor Who and folk songs about the irresistable march of technology. I like having a blog where I can talk about, well, pretty much anything.
But the time has come for me to try out a sister project, and that’s why I’m here. The Left Hand of Ehud is a place for thoughts, musings, reflections and witterings about the Bible. I haven’t been to seminary or Bible college, so I’m not claiming too much in the way of authority-with-a-capital-A, but I hope the blog is useful, interesting, funny or all three. And if not, well, I hope it prompts discussion – feel free to add comments if the mood takes you.
When I first came up with this project, I was thinking of specifically looking at obscure bits of the Bible that don’t get a lot of airplay – that’s why it’s called The Left Hand of Ehud, and if you don’t know the source for that, well, all is explained here. However, after some thought and prayer, I realised that there’s still stuff to learn from the stories everyone knows. Who am I to say what’s obscure and what isn’t? If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years in geekdom, it’s that there’s no such thing as too obscure, or too obvious – everyone’s starting from somewhere.
It isn’t going to be a blog that covers the scientific accuracy (or otherwise) of the Bible, or the reliability of the original documents. There are people qualified to have these debates, armed with degrees and stuff; for my part, I’m going to take the text as read. I’ll also mainly be using the NIV (but not exclusively) – I know that’s probably lost me a few readers already, and I’m sorry about that, but that’s how it is. The plan was to update every two or three days, but it’s been considerably more regular than that (although no promises to continue on that schedule!), and to publish any comments (other than those that are trolling or failing to treat others with respect).
Hope to see you over there!…