Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Greece & Greek
If I can make a short trip to visit the 7 churches in West Turkey that would be great but one can only do so much within a 2-week trip. It will be epic as I am rapidly reaching my mid-fifties while Apostle Paul was probably in his late 40s when he sailed to Philipi, and with Lydia and the jailor formed the first church on European soil. But first and foremost it is the Greek language and culture that permeates the New Testament through and through. If you add the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew OT), the Bible of the apostles and early Church, there is no overestimating the importance of Greek and Greece for the understanding of our Christian Bible, both OT and NT. Without the knowledge of Greek, one is seeing through only one eye and blinded in the other. I get fresh nuggets from the Greek text (LXX and NT) almost daily and sermons and lectures are much better for that.
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