Re: Reasons for Greek. . .

From: Paul Dixon - Ladd Hill Bible Church (
Date: Sun Jun 23 1996 - 18:58:02 EDT

I graduated with a Th.M. in Greek NT from Dallas Theological Seminary
('75). I have used the Greek continuously since while pastoring several
churches. One of the horror stories I heard of while attending Dallas
was of students who spent 4 years taking Greek and Hebrew, then never
used it again after graduation. A friend and I made a pact that would
never happen to us (by the grace of God). More importantly, however, is
the tremendous appreciation for the beauty of the Word it has given me.
Even more significant, though, is the fact that I do not have to rely on
commentaries or what others think. I have the ability to do independent
exegesis. This can be dangerous, to be sure. But the fact that some
have fallen away because of erroneous exegesis should not cause us to
throw out the baby with the bath wash. There have been plenty of times
when my knowledge of Greek has enabled me to understand which position is
best and why when commentaries differ.

Dr. Paul S. Dixon, Pastor
Ladd Hill Bible Church
Wilsonville, Oregon

On Sun, 23 Jun 1996, Tom Launder wrote:

> Hello Scholars,
> I was wondering if you could help me encourage a friend of mine. This
> friend was discouraged by her pastor from studying Greek. I was wondering
> if you could give some solid reasons why her studying Greek is not a waste.
> We gave her some good reasons, but I was thinking that you have heard this
> type of argument before and are better prepared with some good replies.
> Thanks,
> Tom
> Ministers are not cooks, but physicians and therefore should not study to
> delight the palate, but to recover the patient
> Jean Daille "A Puritan Golden Treasury"

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