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Reader’s Question

Because of the time consuming nature of studying theological german, I have contemplated selling a vocabulary list that would be composed of over 1000 words in excel spreadsheet form specific to theological german in order to quickly scroll and therefore reduce the amount of time spent in looking up words in a dictionary. Can anyone tell me if they would find this useful or would most prefer to simply thumb through a paper dictionary? I would appreciate the input.




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Book Review

As usual I have been busy with work and family responsibilities.  Maybe I’ll get back on track the first of the week.  For now here is an abstract and link to a book review:

Dein Glaube hat dir geholfen: Heilungsgeschichten des Markusevangeliums als paradigmatische Erzählungen und ihre Bedeutung für diakonisches Handeln.
Eibisch, Frank.  Göttingen: Ruprecht, 2009 pp. 144. €22.90

Description: Heilungserzählungen spielen gegenwärtig weder in der diakonischen Praxis noch in der diakoniewissenschaftlichen Diskussion eine bedeutsame Rolle. Dies überrascht, da sie explizit von der Zuwendung Jesu zu Menschen in Krankheit und damit verbundenem Elend erzählen. Das Buch unternimmt den Versuch, einen exegetisch fundierten und hermeneutisch reflektierten Zugang zu den Heilungsgeschichten des Markusevangeliums zu entfalten und zugleich ihre Bedeutung für das diakonische Handeln der Kirche zu beschreiben.

The first paragraph of the review in English by Wilhelm Pratschere.

The book at hand is a revised and expanded Diplomarbeit in the Fachbereich Diakoniewissenschaft, which was submitted at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.  The author works as head of a welfare institution, hospitals and a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts. His Diplomarbeit is an interesting combination of New Testament exegesis and practical work. He shows how much New Testament texts still depict real life in the twenty-first century and that they still can form the basis for welfare work in church.

Review of Biblical Literature.

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I’ve added a link to a third other site with “Theological German” in the title.  Professor JJ Niehaus  of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary has an attractive site with grammar lessons and exercises.  See link on the right sidebar under “Grammar” or click here.

I’ve been using Cue Card with my Greek class, and it is working well.  I have started creating some files of my own for German vocabulary and phrases.  I have just been using them as flash cards, but you can also add images or sound.  You may download Cue Card  here.

I use Multikey to access the Unicode Greek fonts–which are a great advantage over the old ASCII-based Greek fonts.  Palatino Linotype has an excellent Greek font built in.  Times New Roman also has a Greek Unicode font built in.  The Unicode character set is already there, built into Windows (and Mac fonts)–but you have to have a keyboard program to access them.  there is a way to do it through Windows, but Multikey makes it quick and easy to switch between fonts.

To type in German, I follow the advice Judy Redman gave here.

Next week is my spring break, and I should have time to post a couple new reading selections.

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Once more I want to recommend the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, especially for anyone with an interest in ancient history and literature, the Bible, or early Christianity.  The review articles and books reviewed are mainly in English, German, French, and Italian (more or less in that order).   I look forward reading, for example, Ramsay MacMullen’s, The Second Church. Popular Christianity A.D. 200-400 (review).

Here is an excerpt from a review posted today:

Markus Handy, Projektmitarbeiter an der Geisteswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, hat die überarbeitete Fassung seiner im Jahr 2006 erschienenen Dissertation mit dem Titel “Die Severer und das Heer” in der wissenschaftlichen Reihe Studien zur Alten Geschichte Bd. 10 vorgelegt.

Als Einführung in die Themenstellung erläutert Handy die Methodik und die einzelnen Themenschwerpunkte, wobei er in einem kurzen Abriss im Rahmen der Literaturdiskussion die literarischen, epigraphischen und numismatischen Quellen vorstellt und auf die Problematik der Authentizität und Objektivität der literarischen Quellen des dritten und vierten Jahrhunderts verweist.

Die Untersuchung ist übersichtlich gegliedert in 4 Kapitel jeweils nach den Themata “Der Kaiser als Soldat”, “Das Heer als Machtfaktor”, “Heerespolitik” sowie “Die Severer und das Heer im Spiegel der Münzen”. Hierbei werden chronologisch die Kaiser der severischen Dynastie, nämlich der Dynastiegründer Septimius Severus (193-211), Caracalla (211-217), Macrinus (217-218), Elagabal (218-222) und Severus Alexander (222-235), mit dessen gewaltsamem Tode das Geschlecht sein Ende findet, entsprechend der biographischen und prosopographischen Hintergründe ihres militärischen Wirkens analysiert und interpretiert.  (Review by Jochen Lückoff of Markus Handy, Die Severer und das Heer ).

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Digital Dialects

One of my Greek students discovered “Digital Dialects“, a site which offers games and learning aids for dozens of languages, including German, as well as (modern) Greek.  The German page is more developed than the Greek.  It includes phrases and a couple of verb paradigms as well as vocabulary, all with audio and pictures.

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More Resources

Here are some more resources for German I have recently stumbled upon:

Suggestions for Teaching Adjective Endings collected by Katherine Munro and posted on Brian Zahn’s  KHS linguistics site.  There are tons of links on this page.

About.com offers a free online German Course with audio here.

Jim Becker’s Collection of super German websites has about everything you could imagine here.

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