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E. J. Young on the Importance of Knowing Hebrew and Greek
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E. J. Young on the Importance of Knowing Hebrew and Greek

E. J. Young (1907-68), Professor of Old Testament and founding faculty member at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, once wrote the following about the importance of knowing the biblical languages:

Some may say that they are not interested in questions of grammar and simply would read the Bible for themselves. In answer to such an objection it must be pointed out that we cannot obtain the message of the Bible unless we first understand the language in which it was written. For this reason, we must spend time seeking to understand what it is that the Holy Spirit, the Author of Scripture, wishes to say (Psalm 139: A Study in the Omniscience of God).

Knowing Greek and Hebrew is not optional for a pastor but foundational.