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Thanks, Jim West!

9th June 2006

Jim West held a contest of his own today, and guess what? I actually won something. I don’t win things very often, so I am pleased as punch! (OK, what does that mean, “pleased as punch”? How can a liquid be pleased?).

At any rate, I happened to be Jim’s 170,000th visitor at his site, and because of that I get a free book — to be more accurate, I get free “books.” Jim, who will now be known to me as “Jim the Generous” will be posting me the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls edited by Lawrence H. Schiffman and James C. VanderKam (Oxford, 2000; Buy from | Buy from With 450 articles by an international team of scholars, this two volume work offers the most comprehensive critical synthesis of current knowledge about the Dead Sea Scrolls — and their historical, archaeological, linguistic, and religious contexts. Written in non-technical language this reference work provides authoritative answers and information for all readers. This is a pretty expensive set — at least up here in the Canadian hinterlands. All I can say is, “Sweet!”

Thanks, Jim!

7 Responses to “Thanks, Jim West!”

  1. Steve Laroche Says:

    Congrats Tyler, that’s quite a nice prize. Did anyone ever come forward in your 50000 visitor contest?

  2. Christopher Heard Says:

    Perhaps “pleased as punch” does not mean “as pleased as punch is,” but “as pleased with S as one is with punch,” as when one “is snug outside of a jug of punch! Too-ra-loo-ra-loo, too-ra-loo-ra-lay …” Sorry, I’m feeling punchy.

  3. Tyler F. Williams Says:

    Well, I did a little sleuthing and discovered that the phrase “pleased as punch” comes from a British television show, “Punch and Judy.” Go figure… I think I like your explanation better, Chris!

    And Steve, no, I never got a winner. You want a free book?

  4. Steve Laroche Says:

    I’d never turn down a free book, so if you’re offering, sure.

  5. JP vd Giessen Says:

    Yes after several page refreshments it is now time for liquid refreshments ;)

    How many times you have entered ?

  6. Tim Bulkeley Says:

    I don’t know if Punch and Judy has ever been the title of a British TV show, but it was the name of a genre of seaside puppet show that was for centiries (and still is) traditional that features an irrascible character “Mr Punch” his wife, the long-suffering, “Judy”, and also their “Baby”, a “Crocodile” and a “Policeman” as a minimal list of characters. The plots and the spoken lines are always thoroughly un-PC and somewhat violent, children love it, and so do (most) adults…

  7. Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot » Blog Archive » Big Thanks to Jim West Says:

    [...] I am sitting on the couch in my family room browsing through my new two-volume Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Lawrence H. Schiffman and James C. VanderKam, eds.; Oxford, 2000; Buy from | Buy from compliments of Jim West (see here for how I won the set). From the condition the package was in when I picked it up today, it appears Canada Post was practicing their corner kicks with it! Thankfully, the volumes were not damaged. [...]