Thanks for the warm welcome, cwconrad. I appreciate it very much. It is true that my tendency is still to look at issues at a level that is a few steps above the Greek itself. With everyone's help I'll learn to focus at the lower levels associated with the language itself. Then on my own time I can employ the knowledge gained here to the upper levels of thought more associated with doctrine and theology.
As for my age now which you alluded to - I'm 60. Probably haven't lost all of my idealism in spite of my age, but I have lost the more radical elements of it.
I might be coming from somewhat of a different direction than you describe of yourself, in that human relationships and experiences have disillusioned me to a considerable extent (I don't think a guy can get to 60 without that happening to some extent), but the spiritual relationship between myself and my Creator has not only survived all of that, but thrived - so I am anxious to make all I can of that relationship, while at the same time making the most of those in the human realm as is possible and practical. I'm no hermit, but I simply don't count on the rewards of human relationships nearly as much as I used to. I've got quite a few 'battle scars' from those relationships and I guess I've readjusted my priorities accordingly.
It isn't that I don't try in the realm of human relations - as a matter of fact I put forth earnest effort.
As for Greek itself, I think the most exciting aspect for me is the way in which one can combine the elements of the language with the context of a particular verse or expression and discern a very lucid and deep thought or idea that is being conveyed. This is entirely fascinating to me. I just have to learn to confine my posts here to the lower levels - the language elements.
William J. Stroupe
"God's Word is alive and exerts power..." Hebrews 4:12