Read the Biblical Languages!

We will not long preserve the gospel without the languages.

Martin Luther

Today, for the first time I finished reading a book in New Testament Greek. It is the first epistle of John. It’s challenging but at the same time a great blessing to me as I do my daily devotion. I enrolled at Biblical Mastery academy last April 28, 2022. I’ve been learning Koine Greek since 2013 but I’d never thought that in less than two months (with the system of BMA and God’s grace), i’ll read a book of the New Testament in Greek without any tools!

Would you like to experience the joy of reading God’s word in the language that He gave it? Let me share with you the Seven Surprising Benefits of Learning to Actually Read Greek written by Dr. Darryl Burling, founder of Biblical Mastery Academy where I am currently taking a Greek Mastery class.

  1. To be Free of Tools.
    • “Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing your new bride through a veil.” —Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Jewish poet (1873–1934)
    • “The reason anyone learns Greek is to remove the veil between us and the text.”
  2. To Eliminate Distractions
    • “Not being able to read means you have mental clutter that draws you away from what the text is saying.”
  3. To Reflect Deeply Upon the Text
    • When it comes to the Word of God, this has amazing pay-off. But it only comes if we are actually reading.
  4. To Speed Up Your Exegesis
    • When you understand the author’s flow, you can zero in on the meaning of the text without getting lost in the details.
  5. To Understand the Mindset of the Authors
    • There are specific words that an author use in order to convey his message. Reading the original language allows you to see it clearly.
  6. To Get Clarity in the Text
    • When you read the original text, you’ll say that there are certain nuances in Greek that translations cannot fully give.
  7. To Have Confidence in the Language
    • As a preacher, reading the biblical text gives me more confidence to stand and proclaim, “This is what the Word of God says!

Read the entire article here: Seven Surprising Benefits of Learning to Actually Read Greek

Learning to exegete the Greek text is a wonderful skill that yields some great benefits. However, reading the text of the Greek New Testament amplifies all the benefits of exegesis, and greatly reduces its labor while also boosting your confidence and the understanding you gain from the language. Not only is it good for you, but it is also good for those you minister to!

Dr. Darryl Burling


ὅτι ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ δι’ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν τὰ πάντα· αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν. ~ ΠΡΟΣ ΡΟΜΑΙΟΥΣ 11:36

Published by Jeff Chavez

Sinner saved by grace

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