"Why do I need to learn Greek when we have so many good English translations?"
Over at the Relevant Magazine blog Ben Stevens has some good reasons to learn Greek. Here is how the article starts:
Somewhere in New York City right now, a 22-year-old Muslim is working on his Arabic. Just down the street, a young Jew is working on his Hebrew. But for whatever reason, the Christian who lives on the same block would never think to try to read the New Testament in its original Greek. In fact, most Christians (maybe even some reading this article?) have probably never even seen the book that guides their lives in its native language. Given what Christians think about the Bible, and the fact that so many of us read it daily, I have always found that very discouraging.Ben goes on to list 8 helpful tips for learning Greek.
- Learn Greek for the sake of grasping the historical divide.
- Don't learn it to quote the original words to people.
- Do learn it to bring more focus to your reading.
- Don't learn it so you can catch something everyone else missed.
- Do learn it to offer a reason for the hope you have.
- Don't feel like you have to learn it because your pastor did.
- Do learn it for the real excitement of reading the original words.
- Don't learn it because you expect it to be easy.
It really is a good article and he says some of the very things I tell my students. Read it here.
HT: Ben Blackwell.