Appreciating the Original Languages

There should be no excuse for not appreciating the Bible in its original languages. I came across this quote while listening to an audio recording of the book, Mayflower.

 

The last days of Bradford’s life were spent in what might seem a strange pursuit of a governor of a New England colony—studying Hebrew. He yearned to have as a direct connection as possible with the word of God and to do that he must learn the language in which the Bible was originally written.  The initial pages of his Plymouth history are filled with a doodle-like scrawl of Hebrew words and phrases. “Though I am grown aged,” he wrote, “yet I have had a longing desire to see with my own eyes something of that most ancient language and holy tongue in which the law and oracles of God were written and though I cannot attain too much herein, yet I am refreshed to have seen some glimpse here of, as Moses saw the land of Canaan afar off.” 

 

 

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick copyright 2006. Transcribed from an audio recording disc 6 track 15.

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Searching for Wisdom in All the Wrong Places… and receiving grants to do it.

“Don’t Forget the Owls,” Newsweek January 19, 2009 notes that under the auspices of the U of Chicago $2.7 million is set aside for “wisdom-seeking grants.” According to Jerry Adler, “several dozen researchers in fields ranging from neuroscience to art, music, and law have just received wisdom seeking grants…. The current state of the world is a good example of why wisdom research is needed.” While I agree that the world needs wisdom, the researchers  are looking for it in all the wrong places. There’s no mention of any money going to those who study the Old Testament and know that the book of Proverbs is given that man might “know wisdom” (Proverbs 1:2).  If the researchers began there, they would truly be thinking “outside the box.”