Saturday, December 24, 2011

In the name of everything holy. Please don’t!

It is at this time of the year that I wish I didn't find some poetry so ponsy. Clever people are putting sonnets on their blogs, and I am left with an Evil Santa Competition.

My subtle feel for this literary art clearly has not done me any favours. My colleague Jane Williams (wife to accomplished poet Rowan!), didn’t even smile when reading my Ode to Barth. My (I thought rather moving) Death Haiku haven’t really caught on, and the less said about reactions to my Bultmann poem the better.

But you see what I have to put up with: I announced to my wife today that I planned to write a Christmas poem.

Please don’t”, she responded. “In the name of everything holy. Please don’t

If I wasn’t so sure about my talent, I could get quite hurt.

Let me remind you what you are dealing with, before I post my Christmas 2011 poem:

*Clears throat*

A Letter of Christ

It is not clear how πιστολ Χριστο
should ever be read as precisely
subjective genitive
as the subjective/objective genitive debate
should revolve around
the relation
of the given genitive to a verbal noun,

- Not to be confused with an infinitive,
which is syntactically a verbal noun -

such that the head noun
has a verbal idea
and is thus transformed into a verb.
While the noun πιστολή does have
a verbal cognate (πιστέλλω),
it appears rarely in the NT
(only in Acts 15:20; 21:25 and Heb. 13:22)
and is never
used by Paul
who instead
always prefers to use the verb γράφω
Cf. Rom. 15:15; 1 Cor. 4:14; 5:9, 11; 7:1; 9:15; 14:37;
2 Cor. 1:13; 2:3f, 9; 7:12; 9:1; 13:10; Gal. 1:20; 6:11;
Phil. 3:1; 1 Thess. 4:9; 5:1; Philem. 19, 21.
Cf. also 2 Thess. 3:17 and 1 Tim. 3:14

(Chris Tilling, © 2008)

I thank you.


At 12/24/2011 3:29 PM, Blogger James F. McGrath said...

In the name of everything holy, please write more poetry!

At 12/24/2011 3:47 PM, Blogger Allan R. Bevere said...

A very thoughtful poem. But, at the same time, never neglect to heeds your wife's counsel. They do keep us from embarrassing ourselves in public.

At 12/24/2011 7:15 PM, Anonymous dan said...

Can't wait for that Christmas poem! This reminds me of the good ol' days of blogging before we all became so busy or serious or depressed!

At 12/24/2011 8:21 PM, Anonymous Mark Stevens said...

It is a miracle you even have a paid job! ;)

At 12/27/2011 11:04 AM, Blogger Terry Wright said...

I have tears in my eyes, Chris.

At 1/03/2012 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is your real name Edward De Vere Bulmer Lytton?

Chuck Grantham

At 1/09/2012 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is just wrong! I'm speechless.


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