Monday, July 17, 2017

Getting Back to the Biblical Languages

While not embracing everything that Martin Luther said or believed, I agree with his desire for people to go back to the original languages of the Bible in order to keep the gospel accurate. Concerning this, Luther wrote:

"For the devil smelled a rat, and perceived that if the languages [of the Bible] were revived, a hole would be knocked in his kingdom which could not easily be stopped up again. Since he found he could not prevent their revival, he now aims to keep them on such slender rations that they will of themselves decline and pass away. They are not a welcome guest in his house....And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the sheath in which this word of the Spirit is contained; they are the casket in which this jewel is enshrined; they are the vessel in which this wine is held; they are the larder [cupboard] in which this food is stored; and, as the gospel itself points out, they are the baskets in which are kept these loaves and fishes and fragments. If through neglect we let the languages go (which God forbid) we shall...lose the gospel."1


ENDNOTE:

1 Excerpted from "To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools" (1524).

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