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Saturday, May 26, 2007

An Early Morning Conversation At The Cowarts

Got up at my usual 3 a.m. this morning and began work editing the Ward Diary. I ran into several places where the manuscript I’m working with transliterates Koine Greek words and phrases into English letters.

I feel my edition would be more authentic were I to restore such words and phrases back into the Greek alphabet which Ward used.

Went to my book shelf where I keep — Agh! Make that kept — my Greek Testament and grammar books. They are not there!

I did it myself.

Months (years?) ago I gave those book to somebody, perhaps a ministerial student, or maybe to Wes, or even to Donald.

I need my Berry’s Interlinear!

I need it now!

I do not remember enough Koine Greek to restore the Ward text without authoritative backup.

Who did I give those books to?

Gray and yellow cover for the Interlinear and the two volume set of Alfred’s Septuagint, green cover with no book jacket for the Nestle’s .Testament. I think I had a copy of Textus Receptus too. And a Greek/English dictionary in a red cover… I see the books vividly in my mind, but I can’t remember who I gave them too.

Ginny woke up at 5:30 and staggered out in to the kitchen for coffee.

As she poured, I explained my dilemma to her.

“I know,” I said. “I’ll call Donald and Wes and see if either one of them has a copy of Berry’s".

As I reached for the phone to call, Ginny said, “John, you can’t call people at 5:45 on a Saturday morning about a book. You just can’t”.

“I suppose you're right. They may not be up yet. What am I going to do about those transliterations? Where do you think I can get hold of an Interlinear?”

“I like chocolate,” she said.

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posted by John Cowart @ 6:20 AM


At 8:35 AM, Blogger jellyhead said...

I have read it here before, but I still can't fully comprehend the idea that you get up at 3 am each day. When I was a Uni student, cramming for upcoming exams, I wouldn't go to BED until 3 am. Course, now I am up by 6 am most days, but still....3 am is just way too....dark!!

I guess I am a little dense, but why did Ginny say she likes chocolate? (was it - as opposed to 'Berry'?) Of course, whether or not I 'get it', I am fully in agreement.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Pat said...

Ginny and I are on the same wave length.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Amrita said...

Glad Donald and Wes were saved by the chocolate on a sat. morning

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Seeker said...

Nestle's.... mmmmmmmmmm.
Oh, it's a BOOK?

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Val said...

Rarely have I enjoyed so much a post AND the comments as one entity.
I suppose you're right. They may not be up yet.
Priceless! The chocolate comment was a typical bringing-him-back-to-reality female one. Hurrah for Ginny! I'm very impressed with your Greek knowledge btw, no matter how rusty.

As a retired librarian however I was immediately concerned for your overdue books and your lack of a loans system.

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Battlerocker said...

I think I'm on my way to 3:00 am mornings. I used to make it to 7:00 routinely. Now getting up anytime after 6:00 is sleeping in. I haven't seen 8:00am from a bed in a very long time.

But I agree--you can't call about a book, or anything else for that matter, on a Saturday morning. I think it's a law.


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