The Bible was originally written primarily in two languages, Hebrew and Greek, because these were the cultures that God worked through to covenant with his people. Though our modern Bible translations are very reliable and trustworthy, we must realize that there are instances where interpretive decisions were made about what the text means, making us dependent on the scholarship of other Bible translator-interpreters. This means that as you’re using a translation, you’re already one step away from the original word of God. By learning some basic skills in the original languages, we can more confidently proclaim and live the word of God for our lives. But all of this must be measured by a high dose of humility.
Watch this Seven Minute Seminary with Dr. Bill Mounce as he discusses the usefulness of familiarizing ourselves with the biblical Greek.