Why do we study the biblical languages? Bible texts were written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, so when we read the Bible in English, we’re relying on someone else’s translation of the original texts. But no translation is perfect. No two languages are ever identical in grammar or underlying structure, so translation is always – necessarily – a matter of interpretation; and particular features of the style and nature of the original often get lost. Developing an understanding of the biblical languages is therefore richly rewarding in terms of increasing your understanding of the original texts, providing us with much greater insight into the way the Bible was written and what it means.
It will help you whether you are studying theology in preparation for ordination for licensed or lay ministry, or simply for your own personal interest.
Learning these languages is always worth the effort, as understanding the original texts, even at a basic level, helps to deepen your understanding of the Bible.