Back in DC, my curiosity has led me to begin a study of the Akkadian language (specifically, the Old Babylonian dialect, which dates back to the time of Abraham or thereabouts). I can't really explain why this has snagged my interest, but I'm really enjoying it. A professor at a nearby university was kind enough to direct toward a good textbook and I've completed the first two lessons so far. Those were fairly easy, but it looks like lesson three is going to require that I roll up my sleeves and fight for comprehension! My methodology this time around is: be consistent, be patient, enjoy, commit more to memory than to notebooks, and be faithful to the end of this textbook before going out to purchase a stack of other stuff that looks awesome but will shift my focus and end up growing dusty on the bookshelf.
I really do hope to complete this course in Akkadian (and I say it knowing full well how weak my self-discipline is and how fickle my heart is). I always seem to have a handful of justifications ready to explain why I'm diving into this or that study or why I need to commit time resources to this or that hobby. Well, this time I come with no justification except that I really want to complete this study. If I do, I would love to put this knowledge to use reading ancient cuneiform texts, taking more advanced courses at a university, studying Hebrew, and exploring the "primary sources" of the ancient world.
mārtum ša šarrim atti