cwconrad wrote:John Hobbins, who blogs all too infrequently nowadays on Ancient Hebrew Poetry, has a nice gleaning of snippets from the Reformer on the value of learning Greek and Hebrew. See http://ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com/ancient_hebrew_poetry/2014/04/martin-luther-on-the-value-of-learning-hebrew-and-greek.htm
Paul-Nitz wrote:Appreciate the link.
I didn't see on that site Luther's most famous words about the Biblical languages...
Languages are the scabbard
that contains the sword of the Spirit;
they are the casket
which contains the priceless jewels of antique thought;
they are the vessel
that holds the wine;
they are the baskets
in which the loaves and fishes are kept to feed the multitude. . . .
As dear as the gospel is to us all,
let us as hard contend with its language.
Die Sprachen sind die Scheiden, darin dies Messer des Geists stickt. Sie sind der Schrein, darinnen man dies Kleinod trägt. Sie sind das Gefäß, darinnen man diesen Trank fasset. Sie sind die Kemnot, darinnen diese Speise liegt. Und wie das Evangelion selbs zeigt: Sie sind die Körbe, darinnen man diese Brot und Fische und Brocken behält'.
Languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit is contained. They are the case in which we carry this jewel. They are the vessel in which we hold this wine. They are the larder in which this food is stored. And, as the Gospel itself says, they are the baskets in which we bear these loaves and fishes and fragments.
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