Mar 31

Translating Truth, Multiple Authors ????

This book is a discussion about theories of translation of the Scripture into the venacular, and is written by a group of most venerable scholars, most of whom were involved in the ESV translation, including JI Packer, Wayne Grudem, Leland Ryken, Jack Collins, Vern Poythress, and Bruce Winter. My interest in this book stemmed from multiple comments about the use of essentially literal vs. dynamic equivalent translation technique. The book was quite effective at persuading me about the value of essentially literal translation technique. I realize that there was a time when missionaries paid obeisance to dynamic equivalence, claiming that their audience would not understand various words such as “sheep” or “justification”. In the process, the gospel is dumbed down. Indubitably, many passages in Hebrew and Greek have double meanings, and perhaps both meanings are correct. Perhaps the original language is simply uninterpretable of challenging to understand; in those situations, the translator should not attempt to force on the reader a single interpretation. The book was quite readable, although I’m sure I would have understood it better with a better knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. Oh well.


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Mar 29

Global warming has struck the far corners of the earth, including the humble little hamlet of Puyallup, Washington. On the sixth day of spring, while the rhododendrons were contemplating the blooming process, a horrific snowstorm smote our kleine Dorf, and the evidence of snow was found in both our front and back yard. Unglaublich! It’s spring! I’m busy polishing up my bicycle, getting ready for a season of centuries and road miles. The snow has dampered my bicycle spirits. It’s awful, coming out to your car in the morning, and having to scrape off snow…



Even Katze found the snow intriguing…


So, the thoughts go to politics. Perhaps my feelings are best portrayed by the bumper sticker…

Unfortunately, it doesn’t mention the Republican Party bimbo, McSomebody. It’s tough being a Ron Paul advocate, seeing that the Amerikan Kingship is going to some liar, cheat and fool. Maybe the army will take over. Or, perhaps Mexico will invade. This week, we learned that Chelsea’s mama evaded gunfire in her visit to Bosnia, only to have the newsclips show the opposite. We also learned that Obama’s book about daddy failed to mentioned some important fact, like, that he was a womanizer that ran out on mama, and was a uncontrolled drunk that killed others and then himself while on the bottle. Voll wie eine Haubitze!  Sinnloss betrunken! Sturtzbesoffen! Sag es, wie du willst. Obama seems a little confused about daddy. He and Chelsea’s mama would make a great pair.


So, I haven’t done any major bike rides, and ski adventures were thwarted for various reasons. I also suggested to my surgical group a moderately high possibility that I would be gone if my work-style could not substantially change. We’ll see. I’ve done a few large cases in the last few weeks, including one done last evening with Dr. King, taking out a 4 kg 26 cm mass from some lady who thought that she was just putting on a little weight…

I am trying to separate bowel from the tumor, and had to resect about 20 cm of ileum (small bowel) along with the tumor. In the pan, tumors all look the same…

Well, enough for grossing out my fan club.


Next month, you’ll get a report of Betsy and my trip to Deutschland/Österreich. I’ve updated my Über mich page, as well as added a few music and book reviews.


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Mar 28

The Climb

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The Climb – Tragic Ambitions on Everest, by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt ?????

Having just read “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer, I felt it necessary to get another viewpoint of the 1996 Everest Tragedy. Krakauer certainly had a smoother writing style, though Boukreev remains the more believable author. Both detail the facts as they saw them that led to the death of six climbers on Everest in one day, though Boukrrev gives a far more plausible explanation as to the mistakes, and errors in judgment that occurred not only among the guides, but also among the clients in several expedition groups competing with each other for the summit of Everest. Errors is supply tactics, preparation of the client climbers, organization of Sherpas and other personnel, and overestimatation of ones’ own energy and endurance were skillfully laid out by Boukreev, but totally glossed over by Krakauer. Both books will hold you spellbound until the end–such an event needs no elaborate journalism to portray the hopes, the folly and the extreme conditions that all faced attempting to claim the distinction of having climbed the tallest mountain in the world. As for me, I’ll stay a little lower down on terra firma. If you had to choose between the two books, this would be the preferred.


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Mar 19

Stockhausen: Stimmung, Sing Circle with Gregory Rose ????

During a recent operating room conversation with Herr Doktor Peters, an anesthesiologist and expert in classical music, he wondered whether I had any Stockhausen. I didn’t. So, now I do. Karl Heinz Stockhausen was among the Avant Garde experimental composers in the 60’s and 70’s. This is a wonderful example of that creative output. It definitely will generate many comments. Most will note that it is not music. Of course, then, we lapse into the lengthy discussion of defining music. Let’s not go there. Needless to say, this is a cohesive collection of vocal sounds that seem to have some pattern or flow to them, and not much else. I guess if I was truly into late 20th century music, I might have a better understanding of this work. But, having listened to this work about 4-5 times now, I find it quite valuable to play in the operating room as background “music”. Once you’ve listened to this recording, you’ll know why music is in quotes.  You may soon hear more in Kritik about Stockhausen.


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Mar 18

Haydn: String Quartets, Aeolian String Quartet   ?????

A set consisting of 22 CDs, it is worth every minute of listening time. These quartets are performed with great soul and vibrant feeling. Though one might expect classical era quartets to by soporific, these are everything but that, manifesting the profound genius of Haydn. I have other performances of the Haydn string quartets, which are quite enjoyable in their own right, but remain limp when compared to the performances on these discs. The recording technique itself is quite brilliant and forward, quite like you were in the room with these performers. A special treat with this series in the last CD, which is Op 51 Die Sieben Letzte Worter unser Erlöser Am Kreuz, well performed, but intermixed with poetry readings by Peter Pears. I heard this performance many years ago on plastic, wondering where it would it would ever show up again since I didn’t remember the performers. The mixture of Pears and the Op 51 quartet is especially effective… I’m not sure if Haydn actually wrote it that way, though I wouldn’t be surprised. All in all, these recordings should be in every respectable classical collection.


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