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Thursday
Mar092017

Enter the world of original biblical languages!

Fall registration opened up at my school yesterday. It is so easy to register. We do it all online now.

This fall I am entering the world of the original biblical languages. I will be taking Greek Elements I. I had thee semester of Koine Greek when I was in university, and while I recognize much of the vocabulary, I've forgotten a lot. So, it's back to the beginning I go. I'm excited about it. Technically, for my degree, I don't need the languages. But who knows, perhaps I may move from the MTS to the MDiv, and for that, I will need the languages, three in Greek in and three in Hebrew. Under my current program, if I take all six language credits, I will use up all my electives.

I am thankful for a school which requires biblical languages for its seminary students. A number of years ago, I sat and listened to a young pastor boast about how he didn't need those antiquated biblical languages for pastoral ministry. He is certainly allowed to feel that way. For myself, even being a student who wants to get the most from a technical commentary, I can see the value in the original languages. Plus, it's just a lot of fun! I am not good at math puzzles, but I was good at Greek when I took it. It was like unraveling a puzzle of words. 

For my second course (I would love to do three, but I just don't think I have the time for three) I am torn between Church History I, The Synoptic Gospels, or The Greek Fathers. The Greek Fathers is taught by Michael Haykin, and it will be good, but it's not a required course, whereas the Church History is required and the Synoptic Gospels will fulfill a NT Bible requirement. I need to get those required courses finished.

I'm thankful to have such great choices. I probably sound like a broken record, talking about school, and how thankful I am for it. But I really am. I am really enjoying this season of my life. Many of my friends are becoming grandmothers at this phase of life. I am not there yet, but maybe I'm becoming a theologian?

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