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Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation

Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation

A number of years ago I received a grant to study at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. At the time I was a doctoral student at Union Seminary in Virginia pursuing the study of the Old Testament. We spent most of a year in Germany, traveling in Europe for a month, studying the German language at the Goethe Institute in Luneburg, before finally making our way to the University of Heidelberg, situation in the beautiful old town of Heidelberg in Southern Germany.
As part of my studies there, I participated in two lecture courses by two very prominent Old Testament Scholars. In addition one of the Professors invited me to be a part of his graduate seminar in Old Testament.
I remember clearly the first lecture I attended. The class was on the Psalms and I remember gathering in the classroom with the other students. I was clearly very nervous, hoping that I could follow along with the German that was being spoken. The professor entered the room and the students acknowledged his presenc