A 5-night camp in a primitive area gets a person away from workplace and Internet all right, but does not afford as much study time as you might think. With a night on the road in both directions, and the bulk of the five layover days given to the simple tasks of conducting life without conveniences, one’s free time must be very deliberately set aside (with the nights too cold for comfortable reading).
For me a great benefit of being unplugged is the return to the old rigor of focused attention on a book, without recourse to electronic search engines offering attractive digressions along the spurs and side tracks of related trivia and close detail.
Of the seven books selected for the trip, 2 bore fruit.
1. John, Jesus, and History, Vol.1, (Paul N. Anderson & others ed., SBL, 2007). I tapped this book in preparation for some Fourth Gospel blogging here in the weeks to come.
2. F.D.E. Schleiermacher’s The Life of Jesus (Lecture notes 1832/ German 1st 1864/ Eng 1st 1972). The English translation was edited (with 50-page Introduction) by Claremont emeritus Jack Verheyden – a key contributor to the JJ&H volume, above. Schleiermacher was himself a great interpreter and proponent of the Fourth Gospel.