The folks over at the Koinonia blog posted a video of MIles Van Pelt (co author of the Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar text book) where he talks about the importance of learning the biblical languages.
What got me in this video is his comments about how for him learning and studying the biblical languages is an act of worship (though I tend to think his marriage analogy may be too much – I tend to make the comparison between a black and white TV as compared to color – the difference is pretty significant).
Mark Stevens offers his thoughts and I agree completely that often times the expectations placed on busy pastors to know Greek and Hebrew can be too much – though I might suggest that instead of getting into the text every day, which as Mark notes, for some can be a challenge, just try to get into it a a couple days a week and for sure when doing sermon prep look at the original text as much as possible to keep yourself engaging the original languages.
Let me know what you think. Should study of the biblical languages be seen as an act of worship unto God? Could one man’s act of worship to God be another man’s idolatry?
What say you?