The second assignment for RE100 in 1987 was:
Discuss the problems associated with identifying the original words of the prophet Amos and the social situation in which the words were originally spoken.
The marker did not like this at all. Instead of being criticised for not putting my own ideas I was told my ideas were lousy and poorly argued and got a bare passing grade.
He may have had a point.
Incidentally my suggestion of linked Wisdom and Prophecy traditions turned up years later in my dissertation on the Gawain poet.
I just recalled that because I was living out of Brisbane (just) at Redcliffe, I could continue as an external student. Later in 1987 we moved to Daisy Hill in Logan City and so was still outside the Brisbane area. I could continue as an external student but still have access to the Brisbane libraries. Sweet.