August 21, 2012
I got the opportunity last Friday morning to meet one of Professor du Toit’s other doctoral students, who also happens to be an American. We met for coffee and had a great time getting to know each other (we got coffee at an Austrian coffee shop, located just next to die Residenz, pictured above). We had lots in common: we both come from small Christian colleges in the States, both come from conservative backgrounds, and both happen to be studying at LMU under the same professor, to name a few! He began his studies a year ago and has made great progress on his thesis, which focuses on Hebrews. Thus, he will be co-teaching the seminar on Hebrews this semester with professor du Toit. I really gleaned a lot from my friend’s experiences, which have been all positive. Most importantly, he has received 100% support from the NT department and has never once been scrutinized for his conservative beliefs. After having coffee together, to which he graciously treated me, my friend gave me a brief tour of Munich and escorted me to Professor du Toit’s office, where I had my next meeting.
Professor du Toit and I had a great time together–my first meeting with him since arrival. Rather than sitting in his office, he took me to coffee (now my second cafe of the morning, not to mention the two cups I had at home before entering the city), where we discussed my research topic and such. Needless to say, my Friday morning was very busy, but the coffee got me through.
Sunday turned out to be just as busy, and fun! My fellow “thesiser” invited us over for lunch and afterwards for church. Our wives had a great time getting to know each other, and swapping notes on German culture. We were shocked that although they have lived here for a year, they have yet to go to a Flohmarkt. We will have to change that (we have made two trips already to the local flea market. Here they do flea markets instead of yard sales. You would not believe the number of different languages you hear while there: Turkish, French, Romanian, Greek, Italian, to name a few. We have basically furnished our apartment and our backs from the flea market. You do quite a bit of haggling with the vendors).
The church service we attended with our friends was at Munich International Community Church and began at 4:00 PM. We are still trying to decide whether we will attend an English or German-speaking service. This was our first time to attend a service since arriving in German, and we thoroughly felt at home.