There has been a story I've been following with interest on Facebook. My friend and mentor Loren Stuckenbruck (and crew) has been coming and going from Ethiopia. His wife Lois (who blogs here) has been posting on FB daily about their trip. Loren, you may know, is working on what promises to be the best commentary to date on The Book of Enoch. Why do I think so? Well, first of all, he's Loren Stuckenbruck. Second, and further to the first point, he does things like this:
They are at a monastery, photographing the oldest known text of Ethiopic Enoch. Of course, the Ethiopic Church has held Enoch as sacred scripture since they set up camp a couple thousand years ago. So these monks do not take kindly to outsiders handling their God-given relics.
Somehow, Loren and friends have wiggled their way into their good graces. Loren is the man in the electric-blue shirt with a mop of hair that would make Justin Bieber slap his stylist. The monkish looking fellow in the background has appointed himself the gatekeeper of these texts. According to Loren and Lois, getting access to these documents has been very tricky. Getting permission to photograph them has been altogether Herculean.
Talk about rolling up your sleeves on a project!