August 12th, 2008

I Believe

why I wanted to learn biblical languages

I am home feeling very sick today, so the Greek book and I have a personal appointment. I thought that since I have time, I would write about why I wanted so much to learn biblical languages. I've become able to put this in words in a way that I could not do in the past.

When I first spoke to another blind person about learning Greek, he asked me why. I said something about wanting to be able to read the New Testament in Greek. He said, "That's not reason enough. You'll be a busy pastor, and you'll forget most of it." He pointed out that there are tools to use if I want the background of a term, etc. But that wasn't enough for me, and I knew that he was wrong about me. I couldn't explain why, but I knew.

I didn't want the meanings of terms. I wanted the conceptual understanding that comes from thinking in the original language and actually going through the translation process myself. There are things that really can't be expressed in English the way they are expressed in Hebrew or Greek; and I wanted to get at those things because I think they are important to spiritual growth. How I will use that in my teaching I don't know; but that should have been my first clue that I was meant to teach biblical studies.

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I Believe

What punctuation mark am I?

This looked fun.

You Are a Colon
You are very orderly and fact driven.
You aren't concerned much with theories or dreams... only what's true or untrue.

You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.
You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren't subject to whim or emotions.

Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.
(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)

You excel in: Leadership positions

You get along best with: The Semi-Colon
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