Monday, June 22, 2009

Finally done

Well, I finished my Henry VIII paper a few days back, and last night was given over to putting the finishing touches on my presentation board that I'm using for my oral report today. I personally hate making these things, and I am a little put out that they are required in a senior seminar college class, but it wan't all that bad - I just feel a little juvenile cutting and pasting. Anyhow, here's the beast:

Today I have to give a talk before the faculty of the history department, then give a second presentation on my findings and conclusion - I'm sure exactly what the difference between the two talks is supposed to be, but I'll figure a way to muddle through. Pray for me!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I do not think it is a coincidence that you are presenting your thesis on the Feast Day of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. I pray it all goes well for you!

Nick said...

Great news! I'm glad things are going well. I'll read your 23p paper asap!

Nick said...

I'm halfway done with the report, but I have a question for Boniface on the genealogies of Mat and Luke.

I've heard some Catholics explain that "X father of Y" need not entail a direct father-son relationship, but rather entails X's lineage eventually produced Y. In otherwords, that format means Y was a descendant of X, not necessarily his immediate son. This format is also used in Genesis and Chronicles, and people like Sungenis use it to argue the correct age of the earth is somewhere along the lines of 10,000-14k years old, rather than the "traditional" 6k years (based on a same reading of the Genesis genealogies but using the immediate father-son interpretation.)

This "alternative" understanding also solves difficulties regarding ages of men who would otherwise have overlapped. For example, under the levarite interpretation, it means Seth was alive at the time of Noah's ark, which is obviously a problem (and apparently Jewish sages recognized this and in commentaries said Seth was on the ark). This "X descendant of Y" option solves this difficulty quite nicely.

This seems like a viable option to me to the levirate interpretation, or maybe it could be a mixture of the two (which I'd lean toward).

I'd like to know what your thoughts are on this alternative view.

Anonymous said...

Title pages in college? oy!

Boniface said...


Not sure what you're point is...of course we have title pages in college, but of course I'm not going to include the Title page in the Google docs version...who wants to read a stupid title page?