Should All Preachers be Going Deeper with New Testament Greek?

Many a young preacher has asked, “Is learning Greek and Hebrew really necessary?"

“Going Deeper is divided into 15 chapters, which makes it ideal for the average 15-week seminary semester. The authors take a “middle of the road” approach when it comes to what they include and exclude from their text. If Dan Wallace’s grammar Beyond the Basics is more of an intermediate to advanced grammar, then Going Deeper is more of a beginner to intermediate grammar.”


The new issue of Credo Magazine has been recently released: Holiness. The following is an excerpt of Tyler’s Sykora book review, Should All Preachers Be Going Deeper with New Testament Greek? Tyler Sykora is a Master of Divinity student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Many a young preacher or seminary student have asked, “Is learning Greek and Hebrew really necessary? Don’t we have reliable English translations after all?” While it is true that we have reliable English translations, it is still important for those desiring to preach God’s Word to learn the original languages. Neglecting to study the original languages, when they are so accessible, is akin to an astronomer settling to study pictures of the sky when a clear night and telescope are right outside his door.

Along these lines, Luther provocatively states, “It is a sin and shame not to know our own book or to understand the speech and words of our God; it is a still greater sin and loss that we do not study languages, especially in these days when God is offering and giving us men and books and every facility and inducement to this study, and desires his Bible to be an open book.”

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