September 2006


Ich — I

Ich bin bei dir.  — I am with you.

allein  — alone

Du bist nicht allein.  – You are not alone.

Albert Schweitzer’s Paul and His Interpreters.  I’m about a 1/3 of the way through, and I think it’s pretty decent so far.  His main argument so far is that interpreters are often highly influenced by theological categorization rather than letting the text drive the categories and that Paul was not the great Hellenizing influence on the church.  One important point in that arguement is that later “Hellenized” writers–Gospel of John, Ignatius, Tertullian, etc.–make mention of Paul but don’t draw deeply from him.

I’m also making my way through the GNT based on a reading list roughly based on easiest to hardest.  Just finished Galatians and will move to James next.  My goal is to do 3-5 chapters a day.  I’m just past 1/2 way through the NT, and at that rate I will finish by year end.

die Angst — fear, angst

Wovor hast du Angst?  — What are you afraid of?  (Lit: Of what do you have fear?)

Now that I’m officially a PhD student in New Testament, I thought I should start a blog to cover the subject in more depth than my family blog readers care to read.  Here goes…

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