Monthly Archives: August 2013

Greek like Violin: Day 17 (and some helpful German resources)

The project has been going well. So time to modify things. I was reminded again today of just how important it is that I get my German down. Really down. So in addition to the Greek and Hebrew I’m adding German back in. I have a great couple of resources to recommend if you haven’t […]

Calvin on Justification and Works

Originally posted on Theological Musings:
Over at the Facebook group Nerdy Language Majors (if you are not a member, join!), Roy Ciampa makes mention of quote from Calvin that I thought was interesting. I come to the second class, in which the chief difficulty lies. Paul finds nothing stronger to prove justification by faith than…

Greek like Violin: Days 15 and 16 (handling missed days)

The 15th day of “Greek like Violin” occurred on Sunday, not Friday of last week. We have been extremely busy with the demands of moving to Durham. Reading time is taken when I can find it, but the work in the languages must continue. One big help is the self-imposed demand that all Bible-reading, whether […]

Greek like Violin: Day 14

My work has slowed down a bit due to time constraints. Our move to Durham is demanding more attention on selling things on Craigslist, organizing finances, researching moving tips, etc. Here was the order for Day 14: Practice: 1605-1645 – 1 Corinthians 12-13 (Greek) Summary: Very little time today to read. I watched the kids […]

Art and Exegesis – Rembrant’s “The Apostle Paul”

A book I’m currently reading per the advice of the faculty at Durham, has the above painting by Rembrant on the cover. The painting is simply titled, The Apostle Paul. The book is The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle by Albert Schweitzer: The book itself is quite good, but I took a few moments today to reflect […]

Greek like Violin: Day 13 (adding de Silva to the mix)

The pursuit continues. I’m loving this. All my past attempts at self study of the languages were strong for a few days, and then sputtered out. I had given up hope that I could ever reach the kind of intensity on my own that I experienced while studying with a professor/mentor and other peers (none […]

Greek like Violin: Day 12

Here is the breakdown for today’s practice session: Practice: 0915-1000 – Genesis 1:20–2:14 (Hebrew/LXX Greek) 1005-1110 – 1 Corinthians 7–9 (Greek) Summary: Moving faster through Genesis, mostly due to repetition in the vocabulary. Tried to be alert to possible indicators pointing to 2 different creation accounts (a view espoused by various theologians). Came up with […]

Greek like Violin: Day 11 (handling setbacks)

I faced my first legitimate setback today. Actually, it began at 3:30am last night. My son awoke screaming, his diaper having leaked all over the bed. This also woke up my daughter, who just over a year, so I walked out of a dream about being stranded in some desert into a screamfest and pee […]

Greek like Violin: Day 10 (Week 2 complete!)

Two weeks down. This feels good. I can get used to this. To be completely honest, it’s hard. I had the same feelings last Thursday night and Friday morning when my alarm went off: I was very tempted to just take a break and sleep in. But something compelled me to get out of bed. […]

Greek like Violin: Day 9 (increasing in speed)

One of the surprising consequences of spending close to 20 hours of deliberate practice in the Greek (and Hebrew) of Romans (and Ruth) the past two weeks has been a rapid increase in reading speed. This was unexpected, at least so soon. Last Monday, I was able to make it through about 5 verses of Ruth […]

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