“Row, Row, Row your Boat”

The well known song “Row, Row, Row your Boat” is a musical “round”: one melodic line, and one person/group starts singing it, and at least one other/group starts singing the same melody but starting at, say, bar two, and they fit together. Wikipedia has a good article on them. Normally a round like “Row Row…

Labyrinths

There is love in the labyrinth There is darkness in the labyrinth The exit may not be where you think it is — Unknown Attentive readers will have noticed the mazes I’ve been using to decorate my blogs (such as the one above). Meanwhile, I’ve been doing further research on mazes and labyrinths… Of course…

Some Imaginings on “Imagination”

Down through the ages there have been various imaginations about ‘what is imagination?’ One of the more interesting is by Samuel Coleridge (1772–1834), the 19th century poet famous for “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and “Kubla Khan”. Coleridge said there were three types of imagination. One, which he called ‘fancy’ is the least important:…

“Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”

In one of the core passages in the New Testament, Jesus says that “all the law and the prophets” can be summarized in two commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind.” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The word here translated ‘neighbor’ is the…

Peter and AGAPĒ vs. PhILIA

In a previous post I discussed the difference between the two Greek words for love AGAPĒ and PhILIA prominently used in the New Testament: AGAPĒ is more like ‘love as action/commitment’ (“actions speak louder than words”) vs. PhILIA which is more like ‘love as affection, companionship.’ An analogy would be that on their wedding day,…

“There Is No Path”

Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking. Traveler, the path is your tracks And nothing more. Traveler, there is no path The path is made by walking. By walking you make a path And turning, you look back At a way you will never tread again Traveler, there is no road…

To Get Better Answers, Ask Better Questions

I walk up to a door and put the wrong key in the lock. It doesn’t turn. Do I keep trying that same key over and over again? Silly me, of course I do! Until it finally dawns on me I might be using the wrong key! We sometimes do something similar when we’re asking…

Some Thoughts on ‘Soul’

The nature of ‘soul’, even limiting oneself to how that word is used in the New Testament, is an enormous topic to which I could not hope to do justice in many lifetimes. But with your indulgence I have some thoughts for your consideration. First of all, the Greek word for ‘soul’ is PsUChĒ (more…

The Gospel of Mary: The Text

The Gospel of Mary takes place after Jesus’ resurrection. Last week I reviewed our sources: two small fragments in Greek likely from the 3rd century, and a longer version in Coptic likely from the 5th century. Even with these three sources, we’re still missing over half of it. Meanwhile, the two Greek fragments together are…

The Gospel of Mary: Background

In the first few centuries after Jesus, there was an enormous variety of understandings of who He was, and what His life, death, and resurrection meant. On this topic quite a few contenders for the title of ‘sacred book’ were written and circulated, most of which didn’t make it into our official Bible. One of…