Hannah and Je together

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Experience is dangerous?

Recently I had a chance to talk to a student – having much more theological education than I do.  I have almost two years education but she has eight years.  She is a pastor’s kid, and grew up in Christian family having Christian background.

최근에 나보다 훨씬 신학 교육을 많이 받은 한 학생과 이야기를 할 기회가 있었다.  나는 단지 이제 겨우 2년째 되어 가지만 그 사람은 8년이 넘어가고, 목사님 자녀로 기독교 가정에서 자라고 기독교 교육을 받았다.

During the talk, I told her about my experience, how I became a Christian.  Then suddenly she looked quite offended, and said putting accent on every word (emphasising her statement) that (religious) experience is very dangerous, and most dangerous and is no good at all.

대화중에 내가 어떻게 기독교인이 되었는지, 내 체험에 대한 이야기를 하자 갑자기 불쾌한 표정을 지으면서 매우 강한 어조로 (종교적) 체험은 매우 위험한 것, 가장 위험한 것이고 아무런 가치가 없다고 말을 했다.

I knew that she was emphasising academics very much, but now I realised that she does not have religious experience at all.  She actually never met Jesus in person.

학문을 많이 강조하는 분인 건 알고 있었지만 종교적 체험이 전혀 없는 분인 건 처음 알게 되었다.  확실히 개인적으로 예수님을 만나본 적은 없다.

I think we need both experience and academics.  So was Moses, and so was Paul.  Both Moses and Paul had enormous knowledge, and they both later encountered God at a burning bush and on the road to Damascus.  Without that experience Moses would have been just a failed prince, and Paul would have been nothing but a Christian-killing Pharisee.

내 생각에 학문과 체험이 둘 다 필요한 것 같다.  모세도 그랬고 바울도 그랬다.  모세도 바울도 모두 엄청난 지식을 갖고 있었고, 나중에 하나님을 만났다.  한 명은 불타는 떨기나무에서, 또 한명은 다메섹 도상에서.  체험이 없었다면 모세도 단지 인생 실패한 왕자에 불과하고 바울도 기독교인 처죽이는 바리새인에 불과했을 것이다.

Think about one of the sinners who was crucified next to Jesus.  He was saved because Jesus said that he would be with him in paradise that same day.  Did he have good knowledge?  Did his theological knowledge save him?

예수님 옆에서 처형당한 죄인을 생각해 보라.  예수님이 그날 같이 낙원에 있을 것이라고 하셨기 때문에 그 사람은 확실히 구원을 받았다.  그가 훌륭한 지식이 었었는가?  그의 신학 지식이 그를 구원하였는가?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Thirty Eighth Day – Petra in Jordan

I booked a Petra Day Trip from Eilat.  I thought about to go there by myself, but Henry, an American Jew studying history at UCLA and my roommate at Megiddo excavation, told me not to.  He did his own trip to Petra.  After the border, he had to get a cab to Petra, which is 2 and half hour driving.  And it is painful and also almost impossible to negotiate with the local taxi drivers.  And the Petra entrance fee is very expensive.  But he told me it may be cheaper to use tour service, and obviously much easier and comfortable.

King of Jordan welcomes you!

King of Jordan welcomes you!

Jordan is a kingdom.  I had tour with two other girls from Mexico.  They said they are sisters, but they do not look alike at all.  The older looks like a Mexican with quite dark skin tone, while the other looks like a European.  They said their mother is a Mexican and their father is a Jew.  I still remember how many people were at the Taba border, and how chaotic it was.  But today, we three were all at the Israel-Jordan border.  Going out of Israel was no problem as it was at Taba too.  Jordanian border was easy too.  There was a guy from the tour office, and he took our passports and did all the job while we were drinking coffee.

Bedouin Village

Bedouin Village

This is a Bedouin village.  In Arabic Bedou is traveller, and -in is plural suffix such as -im in Hebrew.  So Bedouin means travellers.  But some of them settled, and they have villages.  If you look carefully, you would see the second floor is under construction.  They do not have actual desire to build the second floor.  They just need the ground floor.  But unless the building is complete, they do not pay any tax.  That is why they just began the second floor construction, and never continue building it.

Aaron Tomb Mosque

Aaron Tomb Mosque

After two and half hours driving, we went to the Petra.  The white dot on the mountain top of the photo above is a mosque commemorate the death place of Aaron, the high priest and brother of Moses.

The entrance fee to the Petra is about $130, which is crazy expensive.  The entrance fees to the archaeological parks in Israel is around or less than $20.

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Some caves has a decoration above it in the shape of stairs.  That indicates the cave is burial cave.  The stairs are to heaven, the ancient people thought.

Gateway to Petra

Gateway to Petra

This is the siq, the gate to Petra.  This is very long and wound channel.  It is very amazing, and there are two aqueducts on both sides.  Left one is for the animals to drink, and the right side is for people to drink.

Peeping the Petra

Peeping the Petra

After the long walk, you begin to see the greatness in the small crack of the channel.

The carved palace!

The carved palace!

And finally when you come out of the channel, the awe-ness reveals itself.  We see the two stories, but actually it is three stories.  The earthquake in Roman times destroyed most of the cities and three-quarters of Petra was buried.  The tour guide said that the ground now is 20 feet (6 m) higher than the original ground.

The true amazing thing is that almost everything was not built but carved.  They just carved the stone and huge rock.

Tourism Police - To Protect and To Serve who?

Tourism Police – To Protect and To Serve who?

We spent almost four hours in Petra.  This is huge city, even they have a theatre, but still not built but carved.  There were several tourism police but I was told that the tourism police is not to protect the tourist but to protect the merchants.  So you’d better not to engage any argument with the merchants.

View from the Restaurant

View from the Restaurant

Then we went to a local restaurant at around 3:30 or 4pm.  Even though I was crazy hungry, I can tell the food is not the greatest.  But the view of the restaurant was very good. I asked a Jordanian at the restaurant how he and other Jordanians think about Israel-Gaza conflict and Hamas. Then he suddenly bent over me and whispered at my ear, “We have lots of Palestinians around in Jordan. So I cannot say publicly about that. I hope this answers your question.”

Back to Israel

Back to Israel

At 7pm, we came back to Israel border.  And again there was nobody except three of us.  I was a little bit nervous because I know how bad the Israeli border is.  But it was OK, probably there was no other people.  They did not open my bag.  I was asked at Taba border many stupid questions such as why I carry soaps, or what shampoo is for.  But this border, I got only one normal question – “What is t he purpose of your visit to Israel?”

I wonder why there are so many people in Egyptian border while there is no one in Jordanian border.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Deuteronomy in original tongue

וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ מֹשֶׁ֑ה וַיְדַבֵּ֛ר אֶת־הַדְּבָרִ֥ים הָאֵ֖לֶּה אֶל־כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

It took me almost five minutes to translate this simple sentence. This is from Deuteronomy, and its Hebrew name is דברים which means literally “Words.”

The above sentence reads:

and-(will)-go Moses and-(will)-speak (object)-the-words the-these to-all-Israel.

But in Biblical Hebrew, the word ‘and’ reverse the tense. So if it is written “and will go,” it means “went.” Likewise, “and went” means “will go.” The above sentence can be rendered as:

Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel.

첫줄의 히브리어 문장을 해석하는데 거의 5분 가까이 걸렸다. 신명기에 나오는 말씀인데, 신명기를 히브리어로는 דברים라고 한다. 이는 직역하면 “말씀들”이라는 뜻이다.

위 문장은 다음과 같다:

그리고-(미래시제)-가다 모세 그리고-(미래시제)-말하다 을/를-그-말씀들 그-이러한 에게-모든-이스라엘.

그런데 성경 히브리어에서는 ‘그리고’라는 단어가 시제를 뒤바꿔 버리기 때문에 ‘그리고 갈 것이다’라고 써 있으면 ‘갔었다’는 의미가 되고 반대로 ‘그리고 갔었다’고 써 있으면 ‘갈 것이다’로 해석이 된다. 그러면 위 문장은 아래와 같이 해석이 된다.

모세가 가서 이러한 말들을 모든 이스라엘에게 했다.

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