another trip through the bible complete

I just finished up my 8th time reading through the entire bible. I have been marking them down, start and finish date since I started doing this 8 years ago after rededicating my life to the Lord. The length has varied from 4 months and 1 week at the least to just over 2 and a half years.  I have switched bibles, changed versions… read the Old Testament in Hebrew once, and this last time through, I read the bible in Italian. I used an interconfessional version last time the Traduzione Interconfessionale in Lingua Corrente [TILC] because it is written in a looser more fluid italian style. Much more like what you would hear from italian speakers today. But it sacrifices a little of the accuracy to do so… next I will read the Nuova Diodati version.. fully protestant, but also modern italian. I’m trying to do my bible reading all in Italian now so that when we get there, I’ll be comfortable with it.

I’ve also been working on metric understanding. Note I said understanding and not just conversion… everything in Italy is metric, but I don’t want to have to convert in my mind every time I do something. So for the last year I have been watching the daily weather in centigrade so that I don’t have to think in farenheit, then translate to celsius. I am starting to just know what a 30 degree celsius day feels like, rather than thinking ok, it’s 30, which is 86 F…

Same thing with height and weight. I am trying to practice thinking in terms of meters and kilos. These are very much a part of everyday life in Italy and apart from translating language, one would have to learn to think in metric terms as well. So I am trying to get a head start today.

I still need lots of work on liters though … and heat for cooking … I’m feeling pretty good about the weather temperatures, but cooking is a whole different matter.

By the way, it’s a lovely day today in Los Angeles: about 14 right now… ; )


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