icewolf: crescent moon (crescent moon)
Because everybody's sick of Matthew and Luke at this time of year (Mark starts with the ministry of John the Baptist and doesn't do a nativity story). And, honestly? John got it most right out of the four of them. Stables and shepherds and kings are great and all, but the Light is what Christmas--and Christianity--are really supposed to be about, for us.

in principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus erat Verbum
hoc erat in principio apud Deum
omnia per ipsum facta sunt et sine ipso factum est nihil quod factum est
in ipso vita erat et vita erat lux hominum


In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.
In him was life: and the life was the light of men.

Date: 2010-12-27 04:30 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I always thought John had the most powerful punch of them all. I especially like the way that opening verse sounds in Greek:

En arche en logos, kai logos en pros theos, kai logos en theos.

It's a word-for-word translation, but something about the many meanings of "logos" really give that a lot of punch for me. Thayer's goes on for over a page, with definitions from "saying" to "law" to "reason" to "reckoning" (and even, in Herodotus, "fiction".) That's some mighty fine poetry there.

Just a thought...

Date: 2010-12-28 01:20 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I'd likely have tucked it behind an LJ cut, as not everyone wants to read something related to religion (of any sort), or politics... I'd do the same for any of the pagan-y/nature-based discussion material I might post, or political philosophy... that's just me though ;-)

Date: 2010-12-28 02:28 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Merry Christmas.


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