Preacher’s Toolkit: Should I Learn Hebrew and Greek or Is Bible Software Enough?

Kevin McFadden | June 30, 2016

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Now that we have computer programs like BibleWorks, Logos, and Accordance, why do pastors and Bible teachers need to study the biblical languages? As a professor who has taught one of these languages for six years, I’ve had many pastors ask me this question. I can understand why.

Hebrew and Greek are probably the hardest subjects in seminary. Language classes are often viewed as the hurdle students must jump to graduate with a Master of Divinity. Many pastors look back on their language classes with bad memories of memorizing vocabulary and…

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