"Non-Academic" Original Languages?

Mark Wessner mark at wessner.ca
Tue Dec 17 12:10:50 EST 2002

Hmm ... I see two trains of thought developing regarding the intent of an 
"introductory" Biblical language course:

1) A clear goal of enabling the students to explore the better language 
tools (commentaries, inter-linears, some lexicons, etc.).  The end result 
is to thoughtfully depend upon the tools rather than to explore the texts 

2) A clear goal of enabling the students to start to learn the languages 
and eventually read the texts for themselves.  This would be much more time 
consuming but would result in the students reading the actual texts and 
using the tools as aids to their study.

It seems to me that, although there is a degree of overlap between the two, 
the two approaches are going in different directions.  An obviously, one is 
not inherently "better" than the other, as they both use different 
approaches to achieve different goals.

For those of you associated with academic institutions, do you offer 
OT/NT/HB/etc Introduction courses that explore the languages at all?  I 
know that I have come across that in the past, but I can't remember where 
I've seen it.



PS.  Has anybody used the Hebrew companion to Mounce's Greek?  Any thoughts 
about it?

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