April 28, 2006
End of Semester Hiatus
Our apologies. Papers and Exams have been my life of late. But in between those two things, we have been able to fit in a murder mystery party, a BBQ where we had a slam dunk contest "Monsterball Style" (see picture). I only beat one person out of 15, but I was the guy grillin' so my focus was on the meat, otherwise... Kim and I are driving to Hillsdale, MI tomorrow at 5 am and we will return to Mass May 8. We will also spend sometime in Rogers City, my hometown, and celebrate my brother's college graduation and both of my parent's 50th birthday. So we will hopefully have a lot to say and write. I should mention that Joel left a great link in the comments section of the post below. And just so you know that I have not been slacking, here is a paragraph from my exegesis paper on 1 Tim 3:17 (under the picture), which is about the qualifications for an overseer/pastor (the strange words are actually Greek text, which are not accepted by Blogger and are crudely transliterated: This is the only occurrence of neo,futoj in the New Testament. In the LXX neo,futoj has the meaning of a newly planted plant (Ps 128:3, Job 14:9). tufwqei.j literally means "to wrap in smoke," but "the New Testament always used metaphorically in the passive in the sense of being ‘puffed up’ with pride."1 tou/ diabo,lou, here in the singular with the article, refers specifically to the devil and not to some slanderous person in the church (cf. 2 Tim 2:26).2 tou/ diabo,lou could be either a subjective or an objective genitive. If it is subjective, then it is the devil who is passing judgment on the new convert, but if it is objective, then the convert is coming under the same condemnation that God passed on the devil. More than likely this should be understood as an objective genitive because throughout the Bible it is God who passes judgments, not Satan, who can only accuse us before God. In this case, the prideful new convert will be humbled. The verse should be viewed as a temporal punishment and not necessarily viewed as eternal punishment.