[b-greek] Re: Reasons Not To Study Greek

From: Ken Smith (kens@180solutions.com)
Date: Thu Jun 29 2000 - 13:19:14 EDT

<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<META NAME="Generator" CONTENT="MS Exchange Server version 6.0.4208.0">
<TITLE>RE: [b-greek] Re: Reasons Not To Study Greek</TITLE>
<!-- Converted from text/plain format -->

<P><FONT SIZE=2>Dunno.&nbsp; I'd almost turn it around.&nbsp; I'd say, *don't* expect Greek to make you more spiritual or more connected with God.&nbsp; It's not a magic language.&nbsp; It's just a language.&nbsp; It happens to be the one the Bible was written in, but those who can read it aren't particularly special or set apart because they possess this particular skill.&nbsp; hH GNWSIS FUSIOI, hH DE AGAPH OIKODOMEI.&nbsp; Being close to God is about other things -- QRHSKEIA KAQARA KAI AMIANTOS PARA TWi QEWi KAI PATRI hAUTH ESTIN, EPISKEPTESQAI ORFANOUS KAI CHRAS EN THi QLIPSEI AUTWN, ASPILON hEAUTON THREIN APO TOU KOSMOU.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>And sure, the above quotations are in Greek, but I'd have to say we could all get their import quite clearly enough in English :-).&nbsp; And *getting* their import is far more important than what *language* we get it in -- and doing something about it after we've got it is far more important yet.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>All that to say, I'd throw in my two cents as:</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>(1) Don't study Greek to get close to God.&nbsp; Getting close to God is about other things than whether the aorist refers primarily to tense or aspect.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>(2) Don't study Greek to look cool from the pulpit, or from the Sunday School lectern.&nbsp; The only people who'll care aren't the ones you need to be reaching -- or at least, reached in that particular way.</FONT></P>


<P><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; -----Original Message-----</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; From: B.J. Williamson [<A HREF="mailto:hellen_ic@hotmail.com">mailto:hellen_ic@hotmail.com</A>]</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2000 9:59 AM</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; To: Biblical Greek</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Subject: [b-greek] Re: Reasons Not To Study Greek</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Brian;</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Reason for NOT studying (Biblical) Greek:</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; I&#8217;ll start with 2:</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; 1. If Greek will not primarily be used</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; as a tool for knowing Him (worship).</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; 2. If Greek is primarily of academic interest,</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; not spiritual.</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Respectfully,</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; B.J. Williamson</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; ______________________________________________________________</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; __________</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>http://www.hotmail.com</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>---</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>B-Greek home page: http://metalab.unc.edu/bgreek</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>You are currently subscribed to b-greek as: kens@180solutions.com</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>To unsubscribe, forward this message to leave-b-greek-327Q@franklin.oit.unc.edu</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>To subscribe, send a message to subscribe-b-greek@franklin.oit.unc.edu</FONT>


This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.4 : Sat Apr 20 2002 - 15:36:30 EDT