Wesley on the Biblical Languages

I post this quote from Wesley especially for the benefit of my many Chinese Methodist students at Crossway College:

“”Do I understand Greek and Hebrew? Otherwise, how can I undertake, as every Minister does, not only to explain books which are written therein but to defend them against all opponents? Am I not at the mercy of everyone who does understand, or even pretends to understand, the original? For which way can I confute his pretense? Do I understand the language of the Old Testament? critically? at all? Can I read into English one of David’s Psalms, or even the first chapter of Genesis? Do I understand the language of the New Testament? Am I a critical master of it? Have I enough of it even to read into English the first chapter of St. Luke? If not, how many years did I spend at school? How many at the University? And what was I doing all those years? Ought not shame to cover my face?””

John Wesley, “An Address to the Clergy,” in Works X:491.

HT: Ken Schenck

"Many hold that teaching today--LCMS, WELS, Catholics, Anglicans (real ones, not the fake ones that ..."

Judith Lieu on Scholarship and Church ..."
"Hi Michael - have you written on the role of women in the church, or ..."

Judith Lieu on Scholarship and Church ..."
"The Covenant of "Relationship" (couldn't find another word), seems to be a "simple" re-framing of ..."

Why I Believe in Monocovenantalism
"They are hereticks. Not only did they break away from the Anglican church but they ..."

Judith Lieu on Scholarship and Church ..."

Browse Our Archives



TRENDING AT PATHEOS Evangelical
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment