In my last post linking to Jim West’s blog post urging pastors not to lose their Hebrew and Greek, Robert commented and asked:
I have a question, so do you think it is not possible to learn what the passage means if read in an English translation?
Of course not. While I strongly encourage anyone to learn the biblical languages, I understand not all are able to seize this opportunity for any number of valid reasons. While it certainly helps and for many is a real eye opener (knowing the languages) I am not going to say with absolute dogmatism, that if you don’t know the biblical languages or know how to use them that you simply will not or cannot know or understand the Bible – to me that leans too close to gnosticism (a kind of spiritual and intellectual superiority complex).
Here was my reply: