Friday, 25 July 2008

a wordle to describe the reb's blog

here is the reb's wordle on his introduction to this blog

and here is the wordle on who is the reb:

to do a wordle (which is a word picture), go to the link below:

Thursday, 24 July 2008

atesea teachers seminar pt 2

the reb is blogging from k.k. sabah. we are meeting in a hotel in town. sessions have been very interesting. since we arrived late, we missed 1 and 1/2 sessions. the 1/2 session we managed to attend was by dr soto from philippines on pastoral theology. was a good reminder what exactly should be pastoral theology.

the night session was by professor seow. he shared on the theology of the book of job. missed the previous session on tuesday night on the theology of the book of proverbs but the sessions are video-taped. so, we 'll get a set of the dvds for the stm library. today, professor seow is sharing on 3 sessions on the book of job from the angle of the history of interpretation. managed to tape the sessions using audacity on my notebook!! the sessiosn have been excellent, as expected from professor seow who was obviously in his element. this is the quintessensial seow.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

codex sinaiticus going online

latest article in yahoo news about the oldest New Testament Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus. read the rest of the article from the link how count tischendorf discovered this anicnet codex and saved it from the flames.


Oldest New Testament Bible heads into cyberspace
By Dave Graham Mon Jul 21, 12:50 PM ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, one of the oldest copies of the Bible will become globally accessible online for the first time this week.

From Thursday, sections of the Codex Sinaiticus, which contains the oldest complete New Testament, will be available on the Internet, said the University of Leipzig, one of the four curators of the ancient text worldwide.

High resolution images of the Gospel of Mark, several Old Testament books, and notes on the work made over centuries will appear on as a first step towards publishing the entire manuscript online by next July.

Ulrich Johannes Schneider, director of Leipzig University Library, which holds part of the manuscript, said the publication of the Codex online would allow anyone to study a work of "fundamental" importance to Christians.

"A manuscript is going onto the net which is like nothing else online to date," Schneider said. "It's also an enrichment of the virtual world -- and a bit of a change from YouTube."

Selected translations will be available in English and German for those not conversant in ancient Greek, he added.

Monday, 21 July 2008

atesea teachers seminar in k.k.

the reb will be in k.k. sabah from wednesday till saturday for the atesea teachers seminar. atesea (association for theological education in south east asia) is the accredting body that STM is affliated to. they hold seminars once in a while on various topics. this week, they are holding the teachers seminar, a seminar meant for younger faculty members in the affliated schools and seminaries under atesea. these are people who have been teaching for 5-10 years and the target group is about 15 persons to be tutored by experienced theological educators from around the region and beyond on various topics like 'teaching ecumenics, teaching church history, etc'.

one guest educator is professor seow choon leong from princeton theological seminary, author of anchor bible commentary on ecclesiastes, westminster bible companion on daniel and the forthcoming anchor bible commentary on job. he will teaching a module on 'teaching the book of job' for 3 sessions and also giving a series of night lectures in STS on the Wisdom Books.

so, you may ask, why is the reb going there? obviously, he doesn't meet the criteria. in fact, he has over-shot the criteria since he has been teaching for the last eleven years (13 years including part-time)!! to cut the story short, STM had not initially intended to send anyone for the seminar since it falls over the week we are having our annual photoshoot for the graduating class and for the whole seminary. also, most of us STM lecturers are already hard-pressed for time.

but a call from the atesea executive director came to the principal that there were still 3 vacancies. so, my newest colleague (and ex-OT disciple) pastor elaine goh and the reb will be representing STM. again, knowing the principal, we are trying to knock 2 birds with one stone! elaine will be going because professor seow is her doctoral supervisor (while the reb is her 2nd supervisor) for her DTheol program. she will catch up with professor seow while we are there (so 2 birds with 1 stone).

the reb is actually busy editing his thesis and would like to have stayed home but to go is to 'take a break' (in the words of the principal) from teaching and try to squeeze some editing work during the free time in the seminar (also 2 birds with 1 stone). in fact, 4 birds with 1 stone. the reb needs to get himself familiarize with the other seminaries and faculty in the region as well as to get to know the atesea people too. part of the pr work we all need to do while in stm. and finally, the reb also teaches wisdom literature in STM. to get to hear from the mouth of the si-fu (or master) is worth the journey and time. professor seow is an acknowledged authority on ecclesiastes and now with the new forthcoming commentary on Job (in fact 2 books because he has so much left over material that cannot be squeezed into his commentary that he is publishing a separate volume on Job!!), he is a double authority on the wisdom books. even the reb needs to get some intake.