Re: preachers and Greek

David and Glennis Cashmore (
Sat, 31 Aug 1996 15:29:28 +1200

Two years ago I changed jobs and made a conscious decision to use public
transport to work so I can read Greek. It has been absolutely key to me
making any progress at all. I figured that unless I decided to abandon the
english for NT reading and stick to Greek I would lose. All indications
are that I was right.

regards David

David and Glennis Cashmore
110 Mark Avenue
Grenada Village
Phone: 64-4-478-1841
Fax: 64-4-472-1677

> From: Carlton L. Winbery <>
> To: David and Glennis Cashmore <>
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: preachers and Greek
> Date: Saturday, 31 August 1996 02:58
> >Bill Mounce makes the following comment on page 4 of his textbook....
> >"I have seen a rather interesting pattern develop. The only people I
> >heard say that Greek is not important are those who do not themselves
> >Greek. Strange."
> >
> >Not really very strange at all.
> >
> >regards David
> >
> Nor strange at all. The only people I know who believe in predestination
> affirm that they are predestinated.
> Let me put in my little bit here. I went to seminary when both Greek and
> Hebrew were required for a B.D. This curriculum simply assumed that if
> were called to preach the Scriptures, you were called to understand them
> the max. The problem is that we Americans have swallowed the idea that
> learning a language is hard. It is not hard, it simply requires
> of use. I made A's all the way through both Greek and Hebrew by spending
> about 30 mins every morning before breakfast working on them. I have
> continued that in translation. It is in translation that I have learned
> more of the languages. Of course I work on Greek for the purpose of
> writing at other times, but the real learning takes place every morning.
> have trouble believing that a pastor will ever be too busy to give that
> much time to something that is so important to what he/she feels called
> do. I know of bi-vocational pastors who hold other jobs (two in
> are school teachers) who handle the Greek very well by giving it 30 mins
> every day. The real question is not whether you can learn Greek today,
> where will you be 5, 10 yrs down the road.
> Carlton L. Winbery
> Prof. NT & Greek La College