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Should pastors be required to know original Biblical languages?

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  1. Yeshua1

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    If at all a possibility for them?
     
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    Required? No. I don't think so. Is it an advisable skill? Yes. Should they know how to use language tools and how to use them responsibly? Yes. But a requirement? I don't believe so. Is that a requirement that Scripture imposes? I don't see it.
     
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    Are you talking "know-know" or "barely-passed-a-course-know" or "dilettante-greek-word-dropper-know"?
     
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    Be able to go into the Greek and Hebrew texts and give a reasonable exposition out from them on what they mean and how to be applied.
     
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    Should Bible seminaries have that as one of the requirements to graduate and earn the degree?
     
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    That is the problem. Most who think they "know" Hebrew and Greek, simply know enough to be dangerous.
     
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    Nope.
     
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    Should the person aspiring to be a teacher of the word of God being enabled to get into those languages in order to better expound on what they mean?
     
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    It depends on the degree.
     
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    agree, I was thinking along lines of say mDiv, or a masters in theology or higher!
     
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    No. The commentary written by true language experts is readily available.
     
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    mDiv, I would say yes simply because that is the standard. Th.M. it depends on your area of focus I think.
     
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    Yes, for if in say church history or theology, one must be able to read and understand those languages!
     
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    Why? Most of those works, if not all, have been translated into English as well.
     
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    yes, but would not the person get even more if he really understand the technical aspects of the commentary when into the Greek and Hebrew?
     
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    When I went to seminary, Hebrew and Greek were not required for the MDiv. Since then they have changed course and now require at least a year in both languages and an additional year in at least one of those languages.
     
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    My senior pastor went to Dallas, then Trinity Evangelical for Doctorate, and then to Wales for another Doctorate, so he has had about a lifetime of the Greek and Hebrew, reads from psalms in Hebrew, and Gospels from Greek!
     
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    Where did you go to seminary
     
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    A quite liberal Southern Baptist Seminary, before the conservative resurgence takeover. I'll leave it at that.
     
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