Thursday, July 24, 2008

See For Yourself

Today, the British Library released the first glimpses of the Codex Siniaticus: the Gospel of Mark, Psalms, Esther, Jeremiah, parts of 1 Chronicles, and several apocryphal books. The site has search and zoom features, translations and transcriptions of the original text, and different lighting choices to highlight characteristics of the ancient parchment.

When I checked moments ago (7:50 am) the site was too busy to let me in for a peek. I'll keep trying.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Testament Scholars, Rejoice!

The wonders of the Web continue to benefit the study of God's Word. Did you see this article about the Codex Sinaiticus? Using digital technology, and a whole lot of human cooperation, scholars are putting together into one accessible location the entire text of this ancient Greek manuscript of the New Testament.

"The British Library says the full text of the Codex Sinaiticus will be available to Web users by next July, digitally reconnecting parts that are held in Britain, Russia, Germany and a monastery in Egypt's Sinai Desert."

I know I took Greek back in seminary, but I'm no Greek scholar. I will be looking to Dr. Dan Wallace for more insight into the significance of this development. But as a Bible lover, I am excited that this incredibly old original manuscript--divided among several libraries and collections and generally off-limits to Joe Schmoe--will soon be available for the world to see and study, online.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Home Again, Home Again

Wow, finally! We really are back home, after a marathon road trip. The slideshows below (should you have the time to wade through them) reflect just about every activity in which we became involved. After leaving the Godseys in SC, we drove to Richmond to stay with my old pal Frostbite (a Pine Cove counselor name). Shawn, as he's know these days, let us invade his home for a couple of nights so we could spend tourist dollars in nearby Jamestown, Williamsburg, Norfolk, and downtown Richmond. One occasion I did not document photographically was my opportunity to meet the staff at, where Shawn works in their Richmond office. That was a real treat for me, since I've freelanced for them and it's always nice (and not usual) to meet online colleagues in person.

Another highlight of these days in Virginia, then Maryland, was the gorgeous scenery. We took many backroads to our destinations, just because we could. Hwy 5 from Richmond to Jamestown twists and turns, revealing heavy forests interspersed with cornfields and plantation homes. The winding roads of Northern Virginia were equally as scenic, as we ventured into the Appalachian foothills. I couldn't get enough of the trees. They were huge, fully developed, branches often meeting overhead from both sides to make the road resemble a tunnel of forest green.

Visiting with our old friends the Teskes made us all smile, a lot. Nate and Ellie reaquainted themselves quickly, reminding us moms of their younger play days. Jack and Anna, birthday twins, became good buddies. They were usually the culprits when we heard late night giggles coming from the room where they all camped on the floor. John and Steve enjoyed some deep, thoughtful discussions (again, just like old times), while Erin and I caught up on ministry, friends, motherhood, gardening, and life in general. A good time for all.

Oh yes, another undocumented activity: I stood in line for 1.5 hours to get Nora Roberts' autograph on a couple of her books. Her little hometown bookstore is just 20 minutes from the Teskes' town, very close to Antietem Battlefield, so we combined those two destinations for our Saturday outing. The kids enjoyed ice cream cones while I stood in line with hundreds of other people. We all did the driving tour through the battlefield. A good day!

On Monday we drove 14 hours from Frederick, MD, to St. Louis, MO. We crashed at my step-sister Delane's place, then spent Tuesday like most tourists in St. Louis: going up into the Arch, then touring the Anheuser Busch Brewery. We mostly just wanted to see the Clydesdale horses. They are enormous. So are the vats of beer brewing...over 2 million beers per vat, with 20 vats in that one building. And they would sell them all in 3 days... sheez.

We drove home Wednesday, stopping off at the original Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, MO. That was pretty cool.

Stats for the trip:
22 days,
18 tanks of gas,
4290 miles,
7 groups of family/friends visited,
0 contagious illnesses

...priceless vacation!

Maryland & St. Louis: Final Stops

Richmond, Jamestown, Williamsburg

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On Deck: The Godseys and Mathewses
All Ten of Us

We had a fantastic visit with the Godseys, spending the majority of our time at the cabin in the woods, on their family property of 500 acres. Nate said that his favorite part of the week was hanging out in the tree fort and wooded "hide-out" with the boys, plus all the swimming. Jack and Maggie echoed the swimming...their favorite activity hands down. Both of them improved drastically this week, first swimming with two or more floaties/ski belts, then going down to just the ski belt. Both are more confident in the water--very fun to watch their progress.

John's favorite activity: walking in the woods one afternoon, plus not having an agenda regarding anything. He also enjoyed helping Donny build the deck. My favorite thing was checking the immense garden almost daily for fresh fruit and vegies. I did get stung by a yellow jacket on our second day there, picking the wrong I moved to the blueberry and blackberry bushes. By the end of the week, tomatoes and cucumbers were ripening. I am seriously thinking about starting a box garden in my yard later this year. Teske, I'll be asking lots of questions! The whole idea of eating fresh from the garden, for FREE, is very appealing. I started my tomato plants last month with that in mind (I hope they're still alive).

We are all several shades browner than when we arrived, but Nate beats us all. He's positively Mediterranean; must be that Italian blood.

Nothing better than time spent with good friends.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Hanging out with friends...

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