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Saturday
Dec022017

Yet another reason to attend seminary

It's crunch time. In the next two weeks, I will write a vocabulary text and and exam in Greek and, Lord willing, finish my term paper. The latter is not going as well as I would like. My mind is trying to balance the mysterious vision of Hildegard with the mysterious operations of liquid verbs and the future middle tense in Greek. My preference would be to focus entirely on Greek. I confess it is my preferred subject, which is something I didn't entirely expect. I love Church History. But even though I find Hildegard fascinating, it's proving to be a big job to unravel her thought and put something down on paper.

It isn't that I don't like my term paper topic. After all, I did choose it myself. But I really love Greek, and when I can't figure something out, it frustrates me, and I want to sit down and work at it until I do. This past Thursday, for the first time, I did not not know the bonus questions, and I left one of the translation questions blank, while feeling quite certain that I didn't answer the others correctly. It also occurred to me after writing the quiz that I had made an error in the parsing.

When I got home, I wanted to sit down and study Greek, but I have a lot of History reading to finish in addition to getting this term paper finished. I am feeling stressed, especially now that Christmas is coming quickly. Yesterday, I surprised myself by thinking, "Oh, why do I have to take Church History anyway?" I never imagined I'd think that. However, it is a required course, and there is a very good reason why a complete theological education should include Church History.  

There is something very valuable about studying and writing about things we may not be entirely excited about. There is something valuable in being told "You must learn this." It is valuable to have someone else place expectations upon us. It teachs us to be humble and allow someone else to evaluate our work. For example, one of my required courses, which I will take next fall along with Greek Exegesis, is Spiritual Formation. That class doesn't excite me, but I have to take it. 

The blogging envrionment places no expectation of required material. We can write about whatever we want. Being expected to write about something we may find unappealing is not part of this wide open communication medium. Seminary is much more difficult in that there are required courses. This past week, in Church History, I had to read a writing of Bernard of Clairvaux and write a reflection about it. I didn't hate the whole process, but it would have been nice if I hadn't had to do it, and could give more time to something I wanted to do; like reviewing future tense of "to be" in Greek so I could recognize it on this week's quiz (which I didn't).

I think I'm rambling now. Perhaps that's because I've been up since 5:00 reading about Hildegard's visions and a commentator's attempts to interpret them. Hildegard is fascinating, but writing about her isn't nearly as enjoyable as other topics. But I'll forge ahead, and be thankful. If one can writte about something she finds difficult, then writing about the things she likes will be that much more enjoyable.

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Reader Comments (1)

Enjoy your break! Hildegard sounds like a very interesting woman.

My college student has her last 2 exams today, and she told me she is not going to set the alarm tomorrow. :)

December 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPersis

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