At 3.00 PM on Tuesday, 17th of December, I submitted my Ph.D. thesis.
- 5 chapters, plus an introduction and conclusion;
- approximately 73,300 words;
- 246 pages total;
- 586 footnotes;
- 47 page Bibliography;
- 11 pages of primary sources;
- 480 items in Bibliography;
- 4 years and 3 months.
I would be lying if I said the two months were easy. In all honesty, the last eight weeks have been among the hardest in my life, probably the hardest — and friends and long-time readers of this blog will know that I am no stranger to difficulty. I could not have made it through these last eight weeks or have finished my PhD thesis on my own. It is only by the grace of God, the prayers and encouragement of friends, and the physical, in-person support of my mother that I have made it to today.
So thank you, you who have prayed for me, encouraged me, and helped me during this time.
I do not think it a coincidence that my morning Bible reading came from Isaiah 12 today:
Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
I hope to return to regular blogging — however, for now, I think I will curl up in bed with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente — an early Christmas present, and very apt for this particular scholar.