>“Insofar as we love the Gospel, to that extent let us study the ancient tongues. And let us notice that without the knowledge of languages we can scarcely preserve the Gospel. Languages are the sheath which hides the sword of the Spirit, they are the chest in which this jewel is enclosed, the goblet holding this draught. So although the Faith and the Gospel may be proclaimed by preachers without the knowledge of languages, the preaching will be feeble and ineffective. But where the languages are studied, the proclamation will be fresh and powerful, the Scriptures will be searched, and the Faith will be constantly rediscovered through ever new words and deeds.” Martin Luther
Quite a statement. As someone who has begun to invest some blood, sweat, and tears into the study of biblical languages I might want this statement to be true but is it really? The statement about the preaching of those who do not know biblical languages being “feeble and ineffective” was too strong for my taste but apart from that one sentence I think this is a good commentary upon the importance of studying biblical languages in pastoral ministry.
For those who are in pastoral ministry or are preparing to enter pastoral ministry, what is your opinion concerning the value of having a good, working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew? For those who studied Greek and Hebrew, was it time and effort well invested? Or did you discard these tools once you graduated from seminary? For those who are in ministry and have not learned Greek or Hebrew, do you wish you had? Looking forward to your repsonses.