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Posts by: Joshua J. Van Ee

Lost in Translation
Joshua J. Van Ee

When many people think about reasons for learning Hebrew and Greek, often the first (and maybe only) reason is to better understand those weighty doctrinal passages. How can you understand John 1:1 without a firm grasp of Colwell's canon? How can you study the meaning of the verb tsdq without understanding the declarative/delocutive use of the piel and hiphil? And I do not want to disparage such reasoning. Doctrinal clarity and the ability to defend it are aspects of my WSC education that I highly cherish and seek to impart through my teaching. But as I reflect on teaching old, dead languages, I would submit that one of the reasons for learning Hebrew and Greek is to help cultivate a lifelong fascination with and love for God's Word.

12 / 16 / 2010