Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A fleeting moment to vent

I just needed a moment to say:

I'm at home tonight...er....I mean the library, trying to familiarize myself (translation - study right up until the point where I fall asleep at the desk like the poor guy next to me did last night) with my NT Greek Bible. I'm taking an 'Interpretation of the NT' class this semester, which I could not be more pumped about. It's basically the background course for all my future exegesis classes, and teaches me how to write an exegesis paper, with the hopeful anticipation of my submitting one at the end of the semester.

Anyway...I'm getting my Greek on in Jesus' merciful Name...and going through an extremely technical book that explains some of the apparatuses of this Greek text (i.e. - notes in the inner margin, outer margin, abbreviations, parallel references, and signs for other various texts). They were so sweet to let me know that they included a small light blue card for me to keep in my new Greek Bible as a reference for all of those handy-dandy codes and abbreviations that I hadn't committed to memory yet.

Y'all...I've been staring at it wondering why I was struggling recognizing some things that I'd just spent over 4 hours reading about in detail. The 'handy-dandy' reference card is in GERMAN y'all! IT'S IN G-E-R-M-A-N. Y - to the stinkin' - ES! It is! The authors of the 400+ page book that are telling me how to read this NT Greek Bible are German, so in their translation of that book to English, they must've thought I'd be competent to handle the small card in their original language.

Two for the price of one...I get German and Greek all at the same time. Did I mention I didn't register for a course in the German language? Apparently, I'm to learn Greek through the German language (Okay...I'll quit being so dramatic, but seriously.) Y'all...I need some mercy! Mercy, mercy, mercy!

And PS - Any one of you siestas, miestas, and lurkers can learn Greek! It is amazing...I'm the clueless one that just keeps pushing through until the Lord decides to have mercy on me and hit me with his faithful Teaching skills ;)

14 comments:

Linda said...

You are too smart for me! :) Glad things are going well with you and Nate.
Blessings,
Linda

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my.

You are a much stronger woman than I.

Lindsee said...

Oh girl!!

That's all I have to say...

:)

jennyhope said...

Amen on the last part girl! I have a code sheet for just my keyword study and I have never figured it out (the tenses). Oh well! maybe oneday! Press on sister!

NYC said...

Greek, German, German, Greek, whoo, girl :)

Taylor said...

de-lurking here--found your blog through LPM. love you and sweet blog! "bless. your. heart." and "oh. my. word." are all that come to mind. praying for your mind to learn! press on sister.

-Taylor

Fran said...

I'm honestly so jealous of you!!
My 38 yr old brain can't handle Target these days much less Greek!

Just kidding....i think its completely awesome!!! You are way too funny in the library too!

Abby said...

i want to learn it...i am knighting you as my teacher :)

yes i said knighting. i don't know...it just sounded official.

miss you like woah

Jessica said...

Have u try the online bookstore Cocomartini.com
http://www.cocomartini.com

I get all my textbooks for this semester from this bookstore. All are brand new textbooks and half price discount textbooks.

Good luck and wish some help.

hehe ^_^

darla said...

I simply love you Princess! I am going to step up those prayers for you to be smarter than you are...I did just tell the Lord that is was not right to give you a help card in GERMAN OMG!! I would have been face down on the floor in the Library crying to Jesus! I am not kidding! I admire how hard you are working.

Lisa said...

Darling Shelly - you are such an inspiration to me.
I should introduce you to my brother - he has learned Greek on his own. I struggled through college - he never went and teaches himself Greek. Go figure!!
Blessings to you Siesta!!

Katie said...

Hi Shelly! I found your blog via LPM blog. Girl, you are fulfilling my dream! I would love to learn this stuff so I could dig up more precious treasures from God's word and know Him better. Anyway, I love your blog and just thought I would say hi to a fellow siesta! Have a great weekend!

CrownLaidDown said...

I am so sorry to have missed this 13 days ago. I will continue to pray for that mercy of Jesus to fall upon you, sweet Sister!

I know there is an online translator thing for many languages, so you enter in the word (in German) and it will translate (in English).

Love you much and am praying,
holly

Darla said...

love you girl, just checking on you!