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Monday, August 28, 2006

A quick note to update you with my test-taking. I am not yet finished with my exams.

I took Polity (church government) on Saturday morning. My friend KC failed Polity a number of times. I always wondered why the test was so hard, especially since it is open-book. Well, I discovered that Polity is indeed a difficult test, even with the open-book! We had to write three essays, one about finding references in the Book of Order that support the great ends of the church, one about church property and one about whether the minister is allowed to vote in a congregational meeting (no) and how the minister makes their voice heard. I can tell you right now, I failed that essay about the church property. I didn't even know how to look the question up in the Book of Order. But the good news is that I only have to pass 2/3 essays and I feel fairly confident that the other two essays are decent. What is nice about writing that crappy essay on church property is that I know that it was bad and I don't have that same feeling for any of the other essays I have written thus far.

Now all I have left to complete is my biblical exegesis exam. By the way, is it at all confusing to anyone else that "biblical" has a lowercase b even though "Bible" is capitalized and "Scriptures" is a capital S? I think "biblical" should be "Biblical" and "Scriptures" should be "scriptures." But I digress. The biblical exegesis test assigns a text either out of the Old or New Testaments. This year I could choose between Hosea 5:15-6:6 or Luke 4:1-13. Even though I'm better at Hebrew than I am at Greek (I think), I chose the New Testament passage because a.) Hebrew poetry is hard and b.) The stories in the New Testament are a lot easier to figure out than the prophetic oracles of the Old Testament. So I've been translating Jesus' temptation from Greek and have been reading, reading, reading about the passage. I translated on Saturday and began writing answers to the exegesis today. I'm working on my 3rd out of 6 questions about the passage. Once I'm done with that I can begin structuring a sermon outline for the passage (based on my exegesis), which I am trying to formulate at the same time that I am writing these answers. After that I should be finished.

I have until Thursday at 9 a.m. to turn in the test, but I would love, love, love to be finished with this paper much earlier than that.

- Jenny, 8/28/2006 04:02:00 PM

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