This Semester: History and Hebrew

A post with brief descriptions of each class I am taking this semester and some of the books we are using:

Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis – This is the second Hebrew class students take after Elementary Hebrew.  My teacher is Terry Betts.  What can you say about Hebrew?  It’s hard!  The solution: time, time, time, repetition, repetition, repetition.  Pray for my brain.  Somehow listening to 90’s pop-rock music (Everclear, Third Eye Blind, Hootie, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.) on Pandora helps massage my brain while studying Hebrew, go figure.

Books: All of these are must reads and especially good for leisure reading: Invitation to Biblical Hebrew by Russell Fuller (Dr. Fuller actually taught my class last semester),  Pocket Dictionary for the Study of Biblical Hebrew by Todd Murphy.

Introduction to Church History II – This class covers the time period of the late Middle ages (1200s-1400s) up to the present age.  My teacher is Michael Haykin.  I have really appreciated Dr. Haykin’s class so far.  He is an admirable Christian scholar: filled with knowledge but most striking for his godliness.  He lives in Toronto, Canada, but flies in every other week or so for class.  He teaches with such zeal that I often think that if there is such a thing as preaching history, then that is what he is doing.

Books: Dr. Haykin assigned a bunch of books and that makes me happy…and poor.  Here are some that stick out: Introduction to the History of Christianity ed. Tim Dowley (This is the big overview text we are using.); Katherine Parr: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Reformation Queen by Brandon Withrow; The Basis of Christian Unity by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (The last 500 years of church history has seen a lot of factions develop, so Dr. Haykin wants to spend some time thinking through how it is that we find unity as Christians and when it is that we should rightly separate, thus he assigned this last title from Lloyd-Jones.).

I will write next week about my other two classes, ‘History of the Baptists’ and ‘Great Christian Lives’.

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