Why Greek Matters – How Understanding Greek Influences our Interpretation of the Bible

Since I teach New Testament Greek, I am often asked why one should invest the time to learn a whole language just to study the Bible. It is commonly phrased as, “do I actually need to learn that to understand the Bible?” The short answer, of course, is no. The modern English translations are reliable enough to give you understanding of the Bible’s main points. So then, why study Greek (or Hebrew for that matter)? Rather than give a drawn out philosophical argumentation, laying out all the benefits of learning Greek, I’ve decided to give an apologetic that goes right to the text. This will be an on-going series of (hopefully short) posts which will look at specific texts and explain why its helpful, illuminating and/or exhilarating to know whats “going on under the hood.” The point will not be that “these are the ten passages where Greek is helpful, therefore you might consider learning it.” Rather, this is just a sampling of what will happen nearly every time you read the NT in Greek – you see things in fresh ways and from fresh angles, and often in a manner that is at once exciting and heart-warming.

Part 1 – The Resurrection and the Joy of Jesus (Matthew 28:9)

Part 2 – When Does the New Creation Begin? (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Part 3 – Into the Age – The Meaning of “Eternity” in the New Testament

Part 4 – The Lamb is Worthy (Revelation 5)

Part 5 – Closing Your Bowels and the Meaning of Love (1 John 3:17)

Part 6 – Christ in Y’all, the Hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27)

Part 7 – The Genesis of Jesus the Messiah (Genealogies Really Matter!)

Part 8 – Leading Many Sons and Daughters to Glory (Hebrews 2:10)

Part 9 – The Prodigal Son and the Resurrection of the Dead (Luke 15)

Part 10 – Knowing the Love of Christ – is it about “me” or “us”? (Ephesians 3:18)

Part 11 – Women and Submission in Ephesians 5

Part 12 – Is Jesus a Narcissist? Christ and Preeminence (Colossians 1:18)

Part 13 – When the NIV Gets Tricksy (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8)

Part 14 – Does God Make People Sick in Order to Be Glorified? (John 9)

Part 15 – Ephesians 4 and the Americanization of Christianity

Part 16 – The Simplicity of Your Devotion (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Part 17 – What Kind of Prayer Was the Earliest Church Dedicated To?

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