How fluent are we in Greek?

Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by Pete Richert, Apr 13, 2002.

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How fluent are we in Greek?

  1. I read Greek (without translation in my mind) fluently.

    20.0%
  2. I read Greek fluenty with the help of an interlinear vocab (ie Kubo)

    13.3%
  3. I can translate Greek redily,

    53.3%
  4. I can translate Greek with the help of some grammers/dictionaries.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. I can use an interlinear.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Greek was invented by Satan to take authority away from the KJV!

    13.3%
  7. Other

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Pete Richert

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    I have been studying Greek for some time (with a huge lapse that has been called graduate school in EE) and have found that people mean different things when they say they know Greek. Greek is different then any other language (except maybe Biblical Hebrew) since we don't speak it, its dead today, and we predominetly only read one book. The poll answers are supposed to go from most familiar to least, but you can disagree of course. I threw in Hebrew just for kicks.
     
  2. Rev. Joshua

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    Pete, just a note that Greek isn't different than any other language simply because it's no longer spoken. Anyone who does graduate work in biblical studies usually takes comps in Akkadian, Sanskrit, Ugaritic, Latin, or another ancient language. Of them, I think Greek is probably the most accessible (or second only to Latin).

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  3. TomVols

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    It's worth noting that long ago, you couldn't get ordained as a Baptist pastor unless you were fluent to some extent in Greek and Hebrew, and in many cases even Latin.
     
  4. Joy

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    Pardon me brothers, I just couldn't let this one by. (I took the poll, too!)

    Just wanted to encourage you all to teach it to your ladies, or at least show them how to use a good concordance and dictionary. Though we don't use it to preach in our churches, understanding Greek at least on a small scale, really is imperative these days. Ladies just have no clue when it comes to understanding Scriptures these days, and it is a shame. :( Study to shew thyself approved... wasn't just written to the men. ;)

    Ok, I'll slowly duck out of the gentlemen's parlor now, an you'll never know I was here! :D
     
  5. Squire Robertsson

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    For a preacher of the Gospel not to at least have a working knowledge of Greek places limitations on the depth he is able to dig into the Word. A corallary in the business world is a business person without a working knowledge of English. Can they operate locally and be moderately successful? Yes. Can they reach beyond their local geographic area? With great difficulty.

    By working knowledge, I do not mean the ability to read one's morning devotions in Greek. One should have at least the ability to read the Greek with the help of a good dictionary. Is this my level of fluency? No. But if I preached more often, I would work on gaining at least that level.

    As for Hebrew, welllll, first I'd get my Greek to a reasonable level of fluency. But, to have a full toolbox, a knowledge of Hebrew is required of a "work-man or -woman".
     

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