Annette Theis tweeted- “Ohne Sprachverständnis kein Verständnis von Texten, Bibel, Glaubensaussagen”. She’s 100% correct. And it has to be said, additionally, that Pastors who don’t know the biblical languages are robbing their congregations of a fuller understanding of Scripture and Seminaries which don’t offer, if not require, the biblical languages are robbing Pastors and Churches of their right to comprehend the Bible.
It should even be said that Churches should require their Pastors to know, or learn the Biblical languages as a requirement for employment. Yes, it’s that important. Yes, it’s that critical.
No hospital would hire a physician who had no understanding of human anatomy. Exposition of the Bible requires, yes requires a thorough understanding of the languages in which it was written and no Church should tolerate a Pastor who has no grasp of those languages. Hebrew and Greek (and Aramaic) are the equivalent of anatomy for Biblical interpretation. If you don’t know the anatomy of Scripture, you will never be able to explain its meaning and application.
The time for excuses is over. Take the time, and make the time, if you are a Pastor, to learn Hebrew and Greek (and learn them well). Lay off the gameboy and get to work.