Bible Verse Challenge Week 1 – Mark 12:29-31

The Bible Verse Challenge

And Jesus answered him,
.      The first of all the commandments is,
.             Hear, O Israel;
.             The Lord our God is one Lord:
.             And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
.                    with all thy heart
.                    and with all thy soul
.                    and with all thy mind
.                    and with all thy strength:
.             This is the first commandment.
.      And the second is like, namely this:
.             Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
.      There is no other commandment
.                           greater than these.

Mark 12:29-31 KJV

Introducing the Bible Verse Challenge

The Bible Verse ChallengeSo, basically, this semester, I’ve got to memorise 20 verses from the New Testament, not more than two per book (three verses in a cluster count as two), in either English or Greek (the exact wording was “doesn’t have to be in English, but must be in a language Greg [the lecturer] can understand”). Oh, and I’m getting marked on it (makes up 5% of the total grade).

So I thought I’d share the verses as I chose them. We’re already five weeks into the semester, but I’ll run a little behind this term so there isn’t a break during the holidays.

Oh, and before anyone asks, yes, I’m putting them up/ learning them mostly from the King James Translation. There’s no particular reason for this other than that I find it poetic and like the flow of it. I’m not a KJV-onlyist or anything (the whole debate doesn’t really make sense to me – a translation is a translation is a translation, and if I had good enough Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, I’d probably be an Original-Languages-onlyist, if there were such a thing).

Before I forget, the other rule was that it couldn’t be a verse we already knew. Because that would be cheating, and we wouldn’t be learning it. There’s no real way for anyone to prove that we didn’t previously know the verses, but they’re are going to be some verses we’re steering clear of because it would be a little too obvious.

Two More Songs

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Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Κεφαλή, ώμoς, γóνυ, δακτυλoς   (kefaley, hohmos, gonu, daktulos)
Κεφαλή, ώμoς, γóνυ, δακτυλoς   (kefaley, hohmos, gonu, daktulos)
Óφθαλμoί, ώτα, στoμα, ρίς          (ophthalmoy, hohta, stoma, ris)
Κεφαλή, ώμoς, γóνυ, δακτυλoς   (kefaley, hohmos, gonu, daktulos)

Jesus Loves the Little Children
‘Iησοϋς παιδία άγαπά,
πάντα παιδία κoσμού:
έρυθα, ξανθα, μελα, λευκα,
πάντα πoλύτιμα αυτώ,
‘Iησοϋς παιδία άγαπά κoσμού.

(yesous paidia agapa)
(panta paidia kosmou)
(erutha, ksantha, mela, leuka)
(panta polutima autoh)
(yesous paidia agapa kosmou)

Jesus loves the children,
All the children of the world
Red, yellow, black, white
All are precious to him
Jesus loves the children of the world.