2 Quarter: Knocked Down!

Like in a boxing game, second round (quarter) is knocked down! If you remember, first quarter I only had Greek. Now this last one I had 6 different subjects! Namely, Gospels I (Dr. Gieschen, Dr. Scare), Field Education (Prof. Pless), Liturgics I (Dr. Grime, Dr. Just, Dr. Quill), Hebrew I (Prof. Pulse), Greek Readings (Dr. Gieschen), and Dogmatics I (Dr. Ziegler).

In the Gospels class we studied Matthew. It was a great opportunity to understand in depth Jesus' life and ministry (i.e. the identity of Jesus, the Kingdom of God, the Trinity and Holy Baptism, the Apostolic 
Mission and Ministry, the Return of Christ, the Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ Death as Atonement, and the Resurrection of Jesus). Also the course served as a platform to prepare a solid hermeneutic base. We only used the Greek (NA 28th ed.) which was a great strategy to have a better knowledge of the meaning of the text as well as keep up with Greek grammar. The class was splitted in two sections: The general lecture and small groups for the exegesis of the text.

Liturgics was a class that opened my eyes. It helped me understand the purpose, structure, components, and history of the liturgy. It was fascinating to learn that in today's liturgy we find components/influence from the worship in the Temple, Synagogue, early christian Domestic period, and Medieval times. To those who are interested in knowing about the roots of our liturgy I would recommend reading "Heaven on Earth" from Dr. Arthur Just

Hebrew was challenging to me. Yes, challenging. Let me say this: The fact that one speaks several languages does not necessarily mean that one is able to easily learn Hebrew! אתה מבין? So I will keep on striving and working hard in order to learn the most I can from my Hebrew II class next quarter. 

On the very other hand, the Greek reading class was great. I've enjoyed it and I will continue to do that next quarter. The class is about analyzing grammatically the Gospel pericope of the week (according to the lectionary) and its theological meaning. It was a great opportunity to reinforce my Greek grammar skills.

Norma normans, norma normata, homoousios, oikonomia, tritheism, creatio ex nihilo, egalitarism, inclusivism, opera divina ad intra ed ad extra, fides qua, fides quae, "meditatio, tentatio, oratio," among many others... These are good words to define the complexity of the Dogmatics I course. Led by Dr. Ziegler, this class is of tremendous interest for those who are willing to serve in the church and specially those who will be outreaching and interacting with other denominations, followers of false religions, or atheists. This class helps to understand both the foundation of our Christian theology and also helps to create an awareness about other doctrines that are outside of the church. It is a difficult class yet indispensable. It was a privilege for me to be Dr. Ziegler's student. He is indeed a source of knowledge. 

For the outstanding academic quality of its professors, for the brotherly unity and fellowship that we share, and for the commitment to "Teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all,"  it is truly a privilege and a blessings to be a student at Concordia Theological Seminary. 

Thanks be to the LORD!  
Thanks to those who are called to support my studies, who are God's instrument to deliver His blessings!
To Him be honor and glory forever!

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