Sunday, November 2, 2008

Vowels - an introduction

This morning I had a few minutes to continue the lesson on Vav and to introduce the Masoretic markings - or 'vowels'. This was not a successful lesson - from my point of view. I felt that I was unprepared, and that over the last 6 months I had achieved nothing. I think the children remember the cookies and the games but none of the content. But the 10 or so children in the class were just as wonderful as ever. It was only me with the depressed heart. Why art thou so heavy O my soul! (Psalms 42-43).

I write this so that anyone reading will know that there are times that are down as well as times of elation. Hope still in God.

Vav - the hook for the tabernacle, the connector of words, is a letter that can say va, vi, ve, vey, o, and u (oo). Isn't it curious that the v disappears before the o class of vowels? Is it perhaps that vav is the proto vowel?

Linguists out there, help me out if you see this question.


Anna Moorman said...

Hi Bob

This Sunday I was wondering if you'd like to do more of a lesson than you normally do mainly because I am almost at a loss as to what the teach the kids. I've had no time to prepare as I'm working so much and there's a lot going on in my life right now, and I always feel like you need a little more time so this might be a really great opportunity for you to do a longer lesson. I am going to be teaching about Mary, as we said, but I may literally just do a five minute introduction on her and what her life was about and the kind of person she was and what she represented to the rest of us. If you would like to do something in and around that it would be so awesome. What do you think? The rest of the lesson, after you've said your lesson and I've said mine, will basically just be response time and maybe the feast. Hope to hear from you soon!

Bob MacDonald said...

Sure - I was thinking maybe the story of Hannah - especially if you did a bit on the Magnificat which is largely dependent on the song of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2

good intro to other psalms in the Bible - both old and new testament. Also a good test to see how much of my teaching the kids can stand. I will do some work on it.

What sort of intro to Mary do you do? Have you noticed the women in the genealogy at the beginning of Matthew - Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba - just those four. It puts Mary's pregnancy in a particular frame.