My time in the Frost Library gave me an appreciation for the Wheaton College Library back in Illinois. It's a good library for sure, but for what I am doing, Wheaton's holdings were superior. But the fun of being in the stacks is running across something you weren't looking for. In this case it was this book:
Festschrift for Norman Gottwald
Gottwald was a professor at Andover-Newton seminary back in the 60's when I was a grad student at Brown. In 1963 or so, he was a visiting professor at Brown in Religious Studies, teaching introduction to the Old Testament, and I was his graduate assistant. I graded student exams and papers, led discussion sections, and fielded student questions in Gottwald's absence. I enjoyed working for him, and I respected the way he had integrated his political activism (this was, of course, the era of the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement), with his scholarship in the Old Testament. Wikipedia identifies him as an "American Marxist Biblical scholar." His magnum opus in that regard was a 900-page tome titled The Tribes of Yahweh, which was ground-breaking in terms of socio-political analysis of Israel's tribal origins and organization. I was touched to "reconnect" with him through his Festschrift. It contains a number of very interesting essays. If he is still living, he will be 92 this year.