Machen on pastors and the GNT

thanks to Cliff Kvidahl, of Logos Bible Software fame, who blogs at Theological Musings for posting an article by J. Gresham Machen titled ‘The minister and his Greek New Testament‘ on the Facebook group page ‘Nerdy Language Majors.’

Here is his conclusion:

machen_photoIf, however, it is important for the minister to use his Greek Testament, what is to be done about it? Suppose early opportunities were neglected, or what was once required has been lost in the busy rush of ministerial life. Here we may come forward boldly with a message of hope. The Greek of the New Testament is by no means a difficult language; a very fair knowledge of it may be acquired by any minister of average intelligence. And to that end two homely directions may be given. In the first place, the Greek should be read aloud. A language cannot easily be learned by the eye alone. The sound as well as the sense of familiar passages should be impressed upon the mind, until sound and sense are connected without the medium of translation. Let this result not be hastened; it will come of itself if the simple direction be followed. In the second place, the Greek Testament should be read every day without fail, Sabbaths included. Ten minutes a day is of vastly more value than seventy minutes once a week. If the student keeps a “morning watch,” the Greek Testament ought to be given a place in it; at any rate, the Greek Testament should be read devotionally. The Greek Testament is a sacred book, and should be treated as such. If it is treated so, the reading of it will soon become a source of joy and power.

If you need daily help: there is always “A Daily Dose of Greek” (which is only 2:00 minutes) of which you ca subscribe to daily emails.

Blessings!

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