Friday, April 07, 2006

Pondering today


Today, I'm pondering this scripture: Matthew 14:27. I'll warn you in advance that I read The Source New Testament with extensive notes on Greek word meaning....by Dr. Ann Nyland (she's a third generation Greek scholar). She translates this verse as: Immediately, Jesus said, "Cheer up! I am existence! Don't be scared!" Dr. Nyland translates "ego eimi" as "I am existence." Now, when I read this the first time, I was speechless. I mean, "I am existence" is so much more powerful than "I am" which is technically the meaning of ego eimi. She states: "The eimi is emphatic, and the present tense denotes being which is eternal." So, this is why I'm pondering this statement. "I am existence" means so much more to me...in ancient terms and in modern terms. It goes beyond everything. "I am" has never meant much to me. So what? Big deal. "I...am....too!" But, of course...the creator of the universe would "be existence." And, that...I am not.....

2 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Great thought ... I am existence ... I love that translation ... where did you get 'The Source'?

Karen said...

http://godswordtowomen.org/purchase/sourceform.htm


Bob, it's a wonderful translation; many formerly unknown words translated and she has extensive notes to back up her work.