Paradise Lost, Book 4

1015 lines On his way to Paradise, Satan has second thoughts (lines 1–31). He remembers what he was, reflects on what he has become, and fears a worse fate. These doubts leads to a speech by Satan (lines 32–113), an interesting speech, in which Satan sounds downright sorry for his rebellion in heaven against aContinue reading “Paradise Lost, Book 4”

Paradise Lost, Book 2

Highlights of this book include especially the descriptions of Sin and Death, but also the war council with which the book begins, with different evil angels giving their different advice on what to do. This book is about 250 lines longer than the first book (1055 lines compared to 798 lines). Milton’s “Argument” at theContinue reading “Paradise Lost, Book 2”

Pain Was a Stranger to Us

In May 1944, Eberhard and Renate Bethge celebrated the baptism of their new son Dietrich Wilhelm Rüdiger Bethge. For the occasion, the child’s godfather and great-uncle Dietrich Bonhoeffer composed some “Thoughts on the Day of Baptism of D.W.R. May 1944.” The document takes up about eight pages in the Reader’s Edition of the Letters andContinue reading “Pain Was a Stranger to Us”

Paradise Lost, Book 1

I’m reading through Paradise Lost (1674) again, and I’ve decided to take some notes, which I’ll post here. Milton starts each book with a prose “Argument.” Here are some interesting elements from the Argument of Book 1: Satan and his angels have been expelled from heaven, fallen into hell, not the centre but Chaos, utterContinue reading “Paradise Lost, Book 1”

The Greek Perfect Tense

Mike Aubrey works for Logos Bible Software and Wycliffe Bible Translators, and he blogs at Koine-Greek. He wrote the chapter on the Perfect Tense in the book Linguistics and New Testament Greek (see also here). This post mostly summarizes his contribution, which you can also find in draft form at his academia.edu page. There isContinue reading “The Greek Perfect Tense”

Verbal Aspect in Greek

Constantine Campbell used to teach at Trinity Evangelical, but I guess he doesn’t now. His website says that he “was a professor” and that he now lives in Australia. Anyway, he’s still writing on the New Testament and the Greek language. I’ve previously read his book Advances in the Study of Greek (Zondervan 2015) andContinue reading “Verbal Aspect in Greek”

Love Between Jesus and Peter

I recently received the latest issue of the Bulletin for Biblical Research, and an interesting article, really quite well done, treats the familiar issue arising from John 21:15–17 (“Peter, do you love me”), as to why Jesus uses one Greek word for love (related to agape) while Peter answers with another Greek word for loveContinue reading “Love Between Jesus and Peter”

Marriage in India, according to Diodorus Siculus

This is an interesting passage from the first-century BC Greek writer Diodorus Siculus, both for the ideas he is promoting in regard to India and for the assumptions he brings to a discussion of marriage. On the practice of burning widows, see further Wikipedia. It is an ancient custom among the Indians that the menContinue reading “Marriage in India, according to Diodorus Siculus”