The Greek "high priests"

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  1. Bartimaeus

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    Some folks just can't study their Bibles without "going to the greek". They need a scholar of this language to interpret the Bible for them to "tell them what this really means". Is it too much to ask God for a text that a man could study by himself (of course with and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit) without having to know the greek? This smacks of the Romanists who state that without the "church" man cannot know what God really means. The cults say that also with all their extra Biblical interpretations and books and whatever. I know some people up here in these hills that have only their Bibles and no other books. Are they without the "truth" because they don't have Dr. Deep to tell them what a verse really means?
    Thanks -----Bart “The dueling society was a polite society”.
     
  2. Paul of Eugene

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    Everybody doesn't have to study greek, but somebody's got to. How do they get all those translations, without somebody knowing greek?
     
  3. Nomad

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    I'm assuming this is a set-up for a KJVO argument, but I won't go there. I'll only offer that I've never heard anyone say, "You can't understand the New Testament or apply it to your life unless you know Greek." It's simply a statement of fact that the NT was written in Greek, and Greek scholars are needed to translate it. These scholars are not trying to hide the Bible from us or distort its meaning in order to deceive us. So, the situation is not analogous to either the RCC claim that no one can properly interpret the Bible apart from the Church, or the cultic misuse of Scripture to lead people astray.
     
  4. HankD

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    Was William Tyndale who was burned at the stake by the RCC for translating the NT Scriptures into the English language a "high priest" of Greek?

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  5. Kiffin

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    Great comments Hank! [​IMG]

    What is wrong with going to the Greek? It is the language of the New Testanent language. We are blessed today with material that even a person with no knowledge of Greek can study it. By getting several differant translations and reading the same verse in English can give one great insight into the original meaning of a verse or a word.

    In looking at a Greek lexicon one usually refers to several lexicons, dictionaries to look at a meaning of a word and never takes one scholar's word for it. You could also probably come to the same meaning they did if you read several English Bible translations of that verse since ALL translations are the work of Hebrew and Greek scholars.

    I don't think a man has to know Greek to know the Word of God. Don't condemn those who do however. They should be commended for studying the language of the New Testament. If we didn't have men who studied Greek and Hebrew, there would be no KJV or any other translation.


    Men who study the Greek New Testament are reading the Bible in the original. Without them there would be no Translations into English.

    I have never known any Greek professer say people who don't know Greek can't understand the Bible.
     
  6. HankD

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    I don't feel comfortable leaving this thread without a partial agreement with brother Bart.

    The knowledge of the Greek or Hebrew is a manifestation of but not the root of the problem.

    The "pride of life" which manifests itself in every aspect of our lives is the problem.

    Too bad it extends to the work of the Lord.

    So, yes, I agree that we can be puffed up with pride but not only for our ability in biblical languages but in in the realm of any service for the Lord and His people such as music for instance or verbal eloquence at the prayer meeting, etc...

    HankD
     
  7. Major B

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    I studied and taught the Bible for 25 years before I learned the Greek, and I wish I'd done it sooner. I wish I'd had the time to learn Hebrew.

    People can learn much and can follow the Lord well without studying the culture and manners of Bible times and places, they can study without the aid of a concordance, they can study without the aid of Greek or Hebrew, but the more you learn, and the more tools you use, the more potential effectiveness you have.

    Those who despise scholarship are in the same boat as scholars who lord it over others.
     

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