Motivation to Persevere in the Biblical Languages

Rod Decker has posted some excellent resources:

  • Martin Luther, The Importance of the Biblical Languages
  • John Piper, “Brothers, Bitzer Was a Banker!” The Standard, June 1983, 18-19. The full text of this excellent article is used by permission.
  • A. T. Robertson, The Minister and His Greek New Testament (1923; text below taken from a 1977 reprint by Baker; no original publication information given; it is now out of print and out of copyright).

    This is a valuable book–one that I hope will help motivate you to apply great diligence in your study of Greek. I have excerpted the three chapters listed above from the book; each chapter is complete and unedited. The beginning of each page of the original is indicated by enclosing the page number in { }.

    Some of Robertson’s comments are now out of date (particularly his references to the tools that are available or yet needed), but look for his attitude toward Greek as a pastor’s tool for handling the Word of God accurately.

  • Chapter 1, “The Minister’s Use of His Greek New Testament”
  • Chapter 7, “Grammar and Preaching”
  • Chapter 9, “John Brown of Haddington or Learning Greek Without a Teacher”

For a brief bio of Robertson, see this article.

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  1. I am taking Greek this semester. Excited and nervous at the same time. Thanks for the resources.


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