Encouragement for Learning Original Languages

Cheerleading by Miles Van Pelt at Koinonia Blog

Saturday a’Machen: The Minister and His Greek Testament posted by Esteban Vázquez at The Voice of Stefan

The first post above has the quote shown below. I don’t understand the part that I have made bold. Could anyone explain that?

Feel ‘poured out’ over a great many interests with intense desire to do but so little power and time to accomplish . . . Hebrew: I can think of nothing I’d like better than to be able to pick up a page of the Hebrew Old Testament and read it at sight. Greek loses a lot of its challenge when one gets to know a little.

–Jim Elliot, College Journals

P.S. I’m still not posting much because of recovering from back surgery. It’s going well but slower than expected.

4 Responses to “Encouragement for Learning Original Languages”


  1. 1 Mike Aubrey

    Its true, the first year is the hardest – mainly because much of what’s typically done in the first year of grammar is simply memorization, which is boring and rote. Such activities don’t generally cause intense excitement.

  2. 2 Iris

    Also, I have found that knowing “a little” gives me quite a bit of access to the GK NT. So I can see one must really press on to become good at it. 

  3. 3 Njimoh Christopher

    I want to know more about Greek language so that it will help me to  understand the and interpret th Bible well. If you can help me know Greek language, then I will be very great full.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Njimoh I would start with Greek For The Rest Of Us and either Croy’s or Black’s Greek Grammar books.
    Jeff

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