Writing a textbook on classical rhetoric is like trying to coax a geriatric octopus into a sleek new leather briefcase.

I recently bought a copy of the Dictionary of Biblical Theology edited by Xavier Léon-Dufour and am finding it to be a dense little gem. Every article that I look over is full of exegetical insights to be chewed and savored. It was done by a group of French Catholics in the late 50s and early 60s. However, because they worked so faithfully to “study the immediate content of the inspired books, eager to listen to them in their own terms, to penetrate into their language—in brief, to become the precise echo of the Word of God,” their insights are wonderfully rich and relatively free of theological bias. The editors mention that “the initial work on these articles quickly made it clear that there exists a profound unity in the language of the Bible,” and they focused their entire dictionary upon the task of drawing out these unifying themes that the Bible develops so seamlessly over the course of diverse “historical periods, environments, and events.” And it’s just a small little reference book that doesn’t cost much. The article on baptism is great too, although it doesn’t help much with the believer-paedo question.

Mom and Dad Stocker are coming down from Maine this weekend and plan to arrive early Thursday evening. Nessa asked me to pray that God would make this night go very fast.

CCA also just announced two days ago that it’s doing its big move from one building to the other this weekend.

Tobin is definitely trying to hold his own in the chatterbox department these days. He always has lots of expressive noises to insert into any occasion or conversation. They generally sound very excited and manly in a pint-sized way.

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