Up about 9:30. Went to work immediately on translating Psalms 1 + 23 from the Hebrew. When I finished this I began working on translating them from the LXX—found that I had mistakenly xeroxed the 22nd Psalm—so could do only the 1st. Broke for lunch around 1. Shaved. Didn’t go outside at all today—beastly cold out—in the teens! With very strong winds—chill factor about 20° below! In the afternoon, finished Greek work, turned to translating parts of a German article on Paul; this took all afternoon—Bonnie + Debby went down to Patriquin’s for an afternoon of knitting. I stopped studying about 6:15—had supper. I was left with Debby for the evening while Bonnie went to Community Chorus practice. Debby wasn’t so good—fretful. I worked on my Paul paper. Finished about 11:30. Bathed; studied Greek for a short while, off to bed about 1.
Tuesday, December 10, 1968 Karl Barth – DEAD
Up about 8:20. Shaved, breakfast; caught the 9:20 train to Boston. Greek class 11-12—we worked on ps. 1 + 23. Lunch, 12:-12:45, with Mike Miller. After lunch I worked on getting material for my papers. Looked through JBL for article on Jeremiah-Job passages, xeroxed an article on Jeremiah 20:14ff.—began translating it out of the German. Charlie Whitford brought the tent heater for us to use en route to Indiana. Found out at 3 that Dr. Oliver is ill—couldn’t meet, so I caught the 4:10 train home. Tired, dozed on train. Home shortly after 5. Began work on the German article again. Had supper around 6:30. Watched CBS news—Karl Barth died today at 82. 7:30, back to work on the article. Stopped about 10 for coffee, then back to work. Shortly after 11 stopped to bathe, got some concrete ideas on what to write about [for] my “essential values” for the Danforth Foundation. More German briefly; off to bed around 12:30.
Wednesday, December 11, 1968
Up about 8:30. Went right to work preparing my statement for the Danforth Foundation. Had breakfast. The spent the rest of the morning on the statement. I wanted to have it in the mail by 5 p.m., but this proved impossible. By late afternoon I was stalled on the last question. So I turned to translating the German article. I worked on this until supper time, about 6:30. Back to work on German at 7:30. Got a few minutes work in before the Bible Class began to arrive. We worked on Matthew 1-2 tonight. 7 in attendance. Over about 9:15. I went to work briefly on German, and then turned to the Danforth statement again. Finally finished—did take 5 minutes off at 10 pm to see the beginning of Nixon’s TV announcement of his cabinet. Began typing on the Danforth statement finished question one by about 1; off to bed at about 1:20.
Thursday, December 12, 1968
Up at 8. Went right to work typing on Danforth essay. Had breakfast at 9:30. Back to typing; finished around 11. Bonnie took it to the post office. I began work immediately—after shaving—on finishing translating the German article + briefly reviewing some other material for Jeremiah D.S. I didn’t go to Greek class this morning. We had lunch after 12.—then left for Boston around 1. Got there in time for my class at 2. This was over by 2:30. We went to the Paperback Booksmith in Copley Square, stopped to shop on the way to Rockport—bought cloth for Bonnie to make me a sports jacket. We were home about 6. I set up the Xmas tree which Bonnie bought this morning. We had supper, then decorated tree. We went to Mals to get more ornaments. When we got home, took amplifier + whole system to Lords—set it all up; back home, decorated tree, bathed, off to read in bed at 11:30. Lights out about 11:50.
Friday, December 13, 1968
Slept late. Not up until after 9. It was a mild day, so I decided to work out of doors. In the morning I didn’t do much, did a little reading. Helped get breakfast. After the mailman came, I went to the post-office, changed wayside pulpit, went to the building center, bought a caulking gun + two tubes + weather-stripping. Came home, worked on caulking the windows for a while, stopped for lunch, put the weatherstripping on the back door, went back to caulking—up til about 4. Came in had coffee, relaxed. Then we all went down to Bearskin Neck (Debby was on my back) to look for Christmas gifts—no luck. Back home again; fixed supper, watched CBS news; relaxed. I went to work in my study, made several phone calls, began work on my sermon. We took a break for a piece of pie, then more work on sermon; bathed; few more lines on sermon; off to bed at 12:40.
Saturday, December 14, 1968
Up after 9. Breakfast, worked on sermon. Phone calls. Got most of the sermon done by lunch time. Jim Bussey came over to use our garage to work on his car. We had lunch; we invited him to stay but he couldn’t. After lunch, Bonnie began wrapped Xmas gifts. I shaved, Mrs. Roffey left off a gift for us, a Xmas candle. I finished the sermon, began working on the bulletins; had to print on back, so many announcements. About four I went over to see Miss Longley—took communion to her, drove up to Hannibals—nobody home, went to Haskells to make arrangements for next Sunday’s service; home again, finished bulletins; had supper, watched TV, worked on the service; we went down to Patriquins about 9. We gave Drue + Sully their gifts—pictures of them with Debby—they gave us gifts= tie, perfume, toys; I came home about 10:15, work on service, cleaned desk; Bathed; read; lights out about 12:45.
Sunday, December 15, 1968
Up about 9:30. Shaved, breakfast, off to church about 10:40. 46 in church; preached on “Christmas According to St. Luke.” Home about 12:30. Had lunch, relaxed. At 1:30 I had to be at the church to meet John Moulton—a possible organist. He agreed to take the job. Called Jean Crowell, she came to the church to meet John. At 3:00 went to the Den-Mar Nursing home to lead short service, Bonnie went along and several others. Was home by 3:40. A few minutes later Pat Crowell + Gary Holmes arrived to talk about their wedding next Sat. They have revised the service—we sat and talked until after 6. Bonnie and I had supper. At 7:15 she left for Rockport Community Chorus production of the Messiah—I stayed home to work on Greek paper. Stayed with Debby—she slept all the time. I got about 4 pp. written while Bonnie was gone. She returned about 10:30. I worked on—got two more pp. done. Stopped about 12; bathed; sketched sermon ideas for next Sunday; off to bed at 12:55.
 Conservative German theologian, known for his huge ponderous tomes. One of my professors once remarked, “No one knows 8000 pages about God, not even in German.”
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