Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Found this on the Fortress Press Forum Page.
"Apocalyptic Literature ": uh-PAH-kuh-lihp-tihk-LIH-duhr-uh-chuhr
If you don’t know how to read apocalyptic literature, it’s the end of the world; if you do know how, it isn’t.
"Apocalyptic literature is a kind of story that God’s people found particularly helpful during times of oppression. These stories have recurring features. Ancient heroes of the faith: perhaps because the people were being persecuted, they felt safer telling stories about people who had lived long ago. Dreams: these ancient heroes have visions, often featuring strange imagery. Angels: an angel appears who interprets the meaning of the visions. Predictions: the meaning of these visions is often a prediction by the long-gone hero of the faith concerning the situation in which God’s people were suffering. Daniel was written in a time when God’s people were oppressed by the Seleucid empire (c. 167 BCE). Revelation was written when the church was oppressed by the Roman empire (c. 90 CE). If you know how to read this literature, you’ll know these books are about the Seleucid and Roman empires, respectfully. If you don’t know how to read this literature, you might get tempted to pull a “Chicken Little” and run around yelling, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Which would be entertaining. Misguided, yes. But certainly entertaining."
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Israel Antiquities Authority has teamed up with Google to put the Dead Sea Scrolls online. This is a brilliant move since access is restricted to only a few people. This not due to a conspiracy but because the more than 2000 year old fragments are so fragile. But within a few months you will no longer need to fly to Israel to see the scrolls. You will be able to access them online. Moreover, the reports say that an English translation will be provided along with the original document. This will be a great resource for teaching and research. Kudos to both Google and the IAA. Check out the video in the Jerusalem Post article.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
- Are you too busy?
- Did you forgot everything you were taught?
- Is language a topic in which you are not skilled?
- Perhaps no one ever convinced you of the need?
- It could be you had a really lousy teacher who never took the time to help you learn the languages.