Daily Archives: 19 Dec 2017

The Current State of Theology

Too many theologians are cowards.   And too many cowards are theologians.  Our world needs more of the sort like St. Jerome.  Martin Luther.  John Calvin. Huldrych Zwingli.  William Tyndale.  John Foxe.

An Interview with Marvin Pate

This is worth reading.  Even if it is on a somewhat questionable blog…  bless their hearts….  😉

The Bible, The Government, And The Disconnect Between the Two

A US Senator tweeted out this passage from the Bible this morning-

Better to be poor and walk in integrity than rich and crooked in one’s ways. Proverbs 19:1

Ironically, that same Senator supports a bill which gives massive tax breaks to the wealthy and makes up for them on the backs of the Middle and Lower classes…

It fascinates me to observe the disconnect between what the Bible teaches and what so called religious people do in their actions.  Honestly, either they have no clue as to what the Bible means, or they’re quoting it contemptuously, as if to say- ‘I know what I’m supposed to do- but I just do not care’.

I think it’s the latter.

But to be fair, it isn’t just politicians who despise the Bible- it’s average Christians too.  Christians who cite Scripture but have no intention at all of abiding by its teachings.  Both camps are abhorrent.

Keep Up Your Greek, Hebrew And Aramaic

 

We all know a lot of people who, if they took the biblical languages at all, soon let them go through indifference and failure to keep up by reading.  This is a great tool to correct that failure.  Hendrickson has sent each for review.

First, the volumes are really lovely aesthetically.  The binding is neither soft cover nor hardback but a kind of padded (if I can use that word) sort.  The books, as you grasp them, have a soft but firm feel to them.  Immediately upon opening them the user encounters not a plain white paper stuck to the boards but a lovely patterned print, unique to each volume.  The font used in each is clear and sharp and they all sport two cloth ribbon bookmarks sewn into the binding itself (in the style of the old Bibles which had those lovely ribbon bookmarks as standard equipment).

As to the contents themselves, they are an arrangement of daily readings intended to build vocabulary through usage (the way we actually learn words rather than simply repeating words from flash cards).  Each volume (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) are comprised of an English rendering of a verse (with key Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek words in parentheses) followed by a couple of vocabulary words (in descending order of usage in the Bible [so that vols 1 of the Hebrew and Greek works start with the 365 most used words and vols 2 of the Hebrew and Greek works start with the 366th most used word and continue in descending usage for the remaining 364 words]), which are defined.

This is followed by the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek verse (depending of course on which volume the reader is using).  And finally, there is a phrase by phrase breakdown of the verse, with the original on the left and the English on the right.

At the very top of the page there is a ‘Day’ ‘week’ and ‘Date’ provided so if, for instance, one wishes to read the page for December 19, one locates that page and finds week 51 and day 353.  This arrangement allows users to follow the calendar or their own system of days or weeks.

The benefit of such a tool can’t be exaggerated.  It is simply ideal for the busy student who has already acquired a year or so of the Languages but who doesn’t have an hour each day to devote to translating.  It will enable such a student to keep up with what they’ve learned and expand upon it.  It is also ideal for the Pastor who took the Languages but who has let them ‘lapse’.  Reading will achieve regaining.

If the works have a weakness I haven’t been able to discover it yet.  They are just simply brilliant and so I can heartily commend them to students and Pastors.  That said, they should not become an end in themselves but must achieve their real goal- of provoking Pastors and students to further reading of the Biblical texts in their original languages.  This tool is a means to an end: reading the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

Used correctly, after a year or two of spending a couple of minutes a day in the Bible, users of these volumes should find a student or Pastor to give them to as a gift and take in hand the Bible itself.

Quote of the Day

erfurt-03When Martin Luther entered the monastery-

Nicht christliche Liebe herrschte, sondern das altvertraute Leistungsprinzip. Jeder Mönch bewegte sich wie der Hamster im Rad. Martin wollte der schnellste Hamster sein. – Joachim Köhler