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October 26, 2006


Suzanne Temple

Beethoven does look very angry!


Beethoven just seems to be turning a deaf ear (... sorry, dreadful joke, but couldn't resist!)


Hurray for more Mantis posts! Great picture, btw.


Thanks for the laugh!


Hee hee. Beethoven is not amused.


Nope....he doesn't look one bit amused..:)


that is too funny. :)

Alice Gunther

>Beethoven just seems to be turning a >deaf ear (... sorry, dreadful joke, but >couldn't resist!)

Kathryn, you have just sent a family across the Atlantic into gales of laughter!


This is too funny!! I'm glad it was just the mantis!

Rebecca B.

Beethoven is such a stick in the mud.

How long have you had that mantis as a pet, Alice?

Alice Gunther

>How long have you had that mantis as a >pet, Alice?

For a couple of months now. Mantises always die in the Autumn, so this one is on its last stilty legs. It seems surprisingly spry and healthy though--must be all the roast chicken and steak they feed it (not to mention live crickets and shield beetles).

Katherine in TX

This is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.

Karen E.

LOL!! That is too funny. You made my day!


Carl, Give your qualifiers, I'd agree: must nlsescariey better understand for that reason alone I have greater insight But, all other factors being equal (are they ever?!), the biblical languages properly understood can only be an advantage.As for,What compounds this problem is that seminaries which teach Greek and Hebrew on the basis of the assumption we’re talking about generally don’t invest much in teaching the original languages and increasingly do little more than teach students how to use Biblical software packages as they would use an interlinear. I totally agree on this score. Though the software tools are extraordinarily helpful, their use in first year classes does far more harm than good. Teaching someone Greek by teaching a software tool is more dangerous than no Greek at all, esp. if it's done in one semester. Thankfully my seminary still requires 5 semesters each of Greek and Hebrew (I'd like 6! ) and makes electives available beyond that. I forbid the use of any software tools or (paper) interlinears or analyticals in first year (and interlinears are verboten in *all* semesters!). If a student doesn't learn how the language works first, all those tools are self-defeating and result in an empty over-confidence.


Via email from John I tried posting the conemmt below but it kept getting blocked:Is it quite right to say but it won't be what the guy [i.e. biblical author] actually had in mind ? Is this what we want to say to all believers who read their English Bibles (or any other language apart from the biblical languages)? Or is this claiming that we need a Bishop/authorised teacher of the church/Greek scholar such as Wright to be able to get what the guy actually had in mind (even if we might get something of the tune )? This seems to be the point of Wright's subsequent reference to righteousness.


Schoeder, the gifted pisiant, is wasting his time writing book reports. He ought to be composing symphonies. For this assignment I would give him an F# (F sharp).Linus, another genius, is actually working on his doctoral thesis. He simply got lumped together with the other kids in this scene because he is a Peanuts staple. He graduates Summa Cum Laude.


these are my grades for them:Linus gets an a, (like, which grade soochl kid uses those words.!)Schroder gets a B- because it was descriptive he would've gotten an a if there wasn't a sudden outburst!Charlie brown gets a D, it's a little randomLucy also gets a D Random yet funny


Yes, but in the script it seicifeps that the book report is supposed to be either one- or two-hundred words. (I can't remember which.) Either way, Linus' would have definitely exceeded that amount. Wouldn't his grade be docked for not fitting the specifications.

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