Saturday, September 27, 2008

Busy busy

And loving every minute.

This weekend we had the first 'residential weekend' for students of St Mellitus, which gave me a chance to get to know folk ... and prepare a lecture.

My first lecture concerns 'covenant' in the Old Testament – but I don't plan on mentioning Eichrodt too much, especially as his name can sound like someone gathering phlegm in their mouths to gob on you. 'Eichrodt', flippin eck. I am guessing the name derived from an old spelling for 'Red Oak (tree)' (Eiche rot), which makes about as much sense as my forthcoming lecture!


At 9/29/2008 12:26 PM, Anonymous David said...

Hi Chris,
smart-alec as I am, I allow myself the comment that Eichrodt most probably is nothing to do with red, but derives from the old German verb "roden"= to clear forests. So Eichrodt is the one whose job is to fell oaks. Obviously an agricultural metaphore used for "teaching Old testament history".
To gather phlegm in your mouth, I recommend a tenfold pronounciation of the German word charismatisch (of course with "rrr" also for the "ch", just like in "es-chatologisch"), that is: ['rrrarrrismatisch']. When you've gathered enough and your boss is coming round, just shout for joy: "Pfingsten!"

At 9/29/2008 9:36 PM, Anonymous Graham said...

Hi Chris - Nice to meet you this weekend @ St Albans - looking forward to your NT tutorials, should you brave it out to Chelmsford (Watch your Greek pronounciation - I lived in Greece for four years!)

At 9/29/2008 10:34 PM, Anonymous Mark Stevens said...

I noticed the latest "Godpod" appeared on my U2 ipod this morning Mr Tilling!

I will, of course, provide a review shortly of your performance!!! :-)

At 9/29/2008 10:47 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi David!
OK, chum, you are the German expert here!
Smart-alec! And to make matters worse, you could tell me all this in about 4 other languages!

Hi Graham!
"Watch your Greek pronounciation - I lived in Greece for four years"

I hope you spoke good Erasmus greek in Greece?!!

Hey Mark, Just posted on it!


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