Anyone can learn the original languages…at any age!

While recovering from surgery (an MVD) to correct a trigeminal nerve disorder, I have been reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, 2010). Metaxas relates the story of Ruth von Kleist-Retzow.  She had “no patience for wishy-washy clerics.  The brilliant, cultured and heroically combative Pastor Bonhoeffer seemed an answer to hear prayers” (275).  She was a major patron of Dietrich’s “illegal” Confessing Church seminary. The school’s services on Sunday at Finkenwalde were open to the public and on those days Ruth with her family would come and sit under Dietrich’s preaching and teaching.  Ruth was so inspired that she adopted his method of practicing spiritual disciplines and decided to learn New Testament Greek. Ruth von Kleist-Retzow was seventy years old! (277).


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