Why is studying Greek and Hebrew important?
What is the goal of biblical language study?
So, who can benefit from studying Greek and Hebrew?
And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit is contained; they are the casket in which this jewel is enshrined; they are the vessel in which this wine is held; they are the larder in which this food is stored; and, as the gospel itself points out, they are the baskets in which are kept these loaves and fishes and fragments. If through our neglect we let the languages go (which God forbid!), we shall lose the gospel.
Wayne McDill, a teacher of preaching, spends many pages training how to go about observing details of a passage. Though he gives examples based on the English text, he assumes that preachers will at some point go to the original languages to check out and fine tune their observations. In his discussion of the importance of noting English verb tenses in a passage, he adds, Later on, as you research the original language you may find more subtle distinctions in tense which the English text does not convey.
It is as natural for a serious, modern English-speaking student of Scripture to study the biblical languages as it is for a modern German-speaking student of Shakespeare to study Elizabethan English.
What is the payoff for studying biblical languages?
What will I be able to do after two years of study?
We at MACU strongly encourage you to study Greek and Hebrew with us to the glory of God.
Lee M. Fields, Ph.D.
Never has my mind been pushed more in discovering God's Word. Not only do I work on translating, but I see different angles from which to go about it. I am constantly challenged to consider new possibilities and see things that the English could never show on its own. Every time I am through studying a passage in the Greek, I have a deeper grasp of the passage as a whole. I am convinced some of my most rewarding hours at MACU have been with the Biblical languages. Reading the English New Testament now is a bit like watching a dubbed kung fu movie. I'm open for criticism/editing.