Ignorant Clergy: There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

12 Aug

Zwingli learned Greek so he could understand the New Testament in its own terms and Hebrew so he could understand the Old.  Such intellectual achievements as study of the Bible’s original languages was so unusual in the early 16th century that S.M. Jackson can write

… a little knowledge of Greek made one in those days a paragon of learning, while if one joined to it a smattering of Hebrew such an accumulation was almost superhuman, and, indeed, it was sometimes hinted, betrayed Satanic influence!

These days it’s equally surprising to find any clerics who have any facility at all in the Biblical languages.  Proving, as though proof were needed, that there is nothing new under the sun.  Not even ignorant clergy.

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Posted by on 12/08/2016 in Modern Culture, Zwingli


One response to “Ignorant Clergy: There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

  1. Mitchell BK

    17/08/2016 at 4:10 am

    If, only more would heed the words of Erasmus:
    Sed in primis ad fontes ipsos properandum, id est graecos et antiquos