Sometime before the end of the exam term I need to have a good idea of what my honours dissertation is going to be and also identify a possible supervisor. My big problem is narrowing things down to a manageable research area. I like the ‘big picture’ stuff. The nitty-gritty can get frustrating sometimes.
Anyway, I think I may have identified a few possible areas of study and they cover my two main areas of interest which are Biblical studies and theology.
My main inspiration has come from NT Wright’s ‘Surprised by Hope’. My earlier post on it probably didn’t do justice to just how inspiring I found the book. So, I’ve come up with a few possibilities for further research.
- The scriptural portrayal of heaven.
- The scriptural understanding of resurrection and the ‘new heaven and the new earth’.
- Does a focus on heaven devalue God’s ‘very good’ creation?
They can all be approached theologically or through Biblical interpretation, although the last one has a greater theological bias. Anyway, I’ve fired off my general ideas to a couple of potential supervisors and I’ll see what they have to say.
In the meantime, I need to focus on revision for my forthcoming exams.