Is Your Theology Weighing You Down?

Two humorous images that appeared on other blogs this morning provide helpful fodder for thinking about theology. The first, from David Hayward, reminds us that the only legitimate use for theological language is as a pointer towards a transcendent reality. The more weight you give to the actual words, understood not as sacraments or symbols [Read More…]

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Undecipherable Inscription

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The Importance of Language Learning Illustrated

This morning I had a useful illustration of why learning as much as you can of a language is important. This morning, I left my bag near my room as instructed and went to the elevator. A couple of bellboys passed and I heard one of them say a number in Hebrew. I was fortunate [Read More…]

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The “Original Aramaic Lord’s Prayer” is None of the Above

After it came up on this blog a while back, I’ve wanted to return to the topic of the “Original Aramaic Lord’s Prayer.” Why? Because the thing that can be found online referred to in this way is not original, not Aramaic, not a translation, and not the Lord’s Prayer. Let me elaborate further. This [Read More…]

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Prof. Matthew Morgenstern on the History of Jewish Aramaic

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Applied Immersion Linguistics at SBL in San Francisco

I received my SBL program book in the mail yesterday, and looked to see what sessions looked interesting and begin figuring out which I might like to attend. Among the most striking are the lunchtime meetings in applied linguistics: S20-202 Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages 11/20/2011 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM Room: Howard – Intercontinental [Read More…]

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Do You REALLY Know Greek?

Daniel Streett has posted again on the teaching and learning of New Testament Greek on his blog, καὶ τὰ λοιπά. He shares the story of distributing a quiz on Greek words, most of which occur somewhere in the Greek Bible but not all of which are in the New Testament, at a conference. The quiz [Read More…]

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CAPTCHA Challenges for Would-Be Internet Users

I found this suggestion for a CAPTCHA challenge for people who want to use the internet funny (via The Daily What).   If you failed to answer correctly, you would see this:   If you are concerned that this might disadvantage not only native speakers of English (apparently among them also designers of Apple’s “auto-correct” [Read More…]

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