I mentioned in a thread on B-Hebrew that I just joined a Facebook with the goal of reading both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures from start to finish over 2018. This will be my first time doing such a thing, and I'm far more worried about the NT than about the OT. Why? Because I'm surrounded by Hebrew in my daily life, I am aware of words that I never officially learned while studying Hebrew. In the last two days, I read twelve chapters of Genesis in order to get a head start on the group. I was really surprised to find words that I have learned in spoken Hebrew appearing in Genesis that I never knew were there – words that I thought were certainly modern in origin!RandallButh wrote: ↑December 3rd, 2017, 10:06 pm In Reading studies in Second Language Acquisition reading occurs when a person reads over 150fps. Sad to say, most profs do not 'read'. Perhaps one could make a little allowance for long strings of backgrounded phrases in a sentence, but that would not change the overall picture. Particularly at seminaries, if you plopped a text of Josephus in front of the prof they would hem and haw and get most of a paragraph but not the whole thing. Similarly for Hebrew. And no, that is not like the situation in other languages and literatures.
I'm so thankful that I got to learn modern, colloquial Hebrew. If I hadn't learned to think and speak in the language, I would have been a much greater disadvantage when it comes to getting through large portions of text like what I'm about to start reading.
I started studying NT Greek in 1998. It hasn't been a consistent road for me from then until now, but I feel like I should know Greek much better than I do. Don't get me wrong – I can pick up the NT and simply read in most places. Read with comprehension. But, getting it to come out of my mouth, getting my mind to form expressions on its own, picking up a text that is not in the NT... all of this is much more difficult for me than I'd like to admit.