Hannibal, the most dangerous enemy of the Romans (except covetousness, which was the worst enemy of the Romans and proved their undoing), could not be conquered until he allowed the soldiers to become effeminate. But after he had been at Capua for a winter and permitted the soldiers to disport themselves in wantonness and lust, in the next spring Hannibal began to be defeated, and it was generally said that Hannibal had led an army of men to Capua and was taking a crowd of women away.*
*The Latin Works and The Correspondence of Huldreich Zwingli: Together with Selections from His German Works, (Vol. 1, pp. 145–146).
For my part my long standing practice has been to read three chapters of the Bible in one language, and one chapter in another, and one in a third.
So, taking today as an example – 3 chapters in German, 1 in Greek and 1 in Hebrew.
Yesterday I read 3 in Greek, 1 in Latin, and 1 in German.
Tomorrow I’ll read 3 in Hebrew, 1 in Greek, and 1 in German.
So, along with other stuff I read in German or Latin I always read 5 chapters of the Bible in a random mix.
What do you do to keep your language skills up? Thanks for sharing! I really am interested.
They’ve run this headline:
RNS, can you not do better than this? If you don’t realize that Patterson doesn’t speak for the SBC or represent the views of everyone in the SBC, as your headline implies, you should shut down. This is a disgrace intended to slander every southern baptist and I find it despicable.
Do you ever look at someone and wonder how they even found their way put of bed? That’s how I look at someone like Mr Wohl. The level of ignorance is stunning.
In the early editions of the Loci, Melanchthon didn’t discuss the doctrine of the Trinity because he had a certain bit of scorn for attempts to explain the mystery of the divine unity in trinity.
He accepted the doctrine and thought efforts to rationalize it silly.
This is ABSURD.
Supermarket censors ‘Summa Cum Laude’ from graduation cake: A Publix grocery store in Charleston, S.C., censored the words “Summa Cum Laude” on a graduation cake after its online ordering system flagged it for profanity.
Profanity… because someone ignorant doesn’t know what ‘cum’ means. So for those of you who don’t know, ‘cum’ means ‘with’. You daft loons.
Pride and hubris are inappropriate for your field of endeavor. Grandiose claims about this or that thinker or system aren’t your proper attire because familiarity only comes with time and hard work.
You aren’t a Barthian simply because you’ve read three of Barth’s books. You’re a Barthian when you’ve read Barth in his fullness AND taken the time to digest and appropriate his ideas. AND after comparing him to various of his peers.
The same goes for Tillich or Moltmann or Pannenberg. And Brunner.
In sum, stop pretending you know more about theology than you actually do and instead do the hard work of reading immense amounts and processing all of it and thereby become a theologian by practice.
When a 20 something says that Tillich was a man before his time the only thing you can do is laugh at the silly hubris and simplemindedness of the inexperienced thinker’s unfounded claim.
Young theologians, don’t make yourselves into absurdities via pride. Get to work.
“Greed”, La Somme le Roy, France ca. 1290-1300 (British Library, Add. 28162, fol. 9v)
Well the old Dell laptop has given up the ghost. The intermittent screen issues have given way to complete screen death as indicated by the eight beeps the poor thing uttered when I turned it on this morning. Farewell, old Dell.