From today, I’m going to be writing a series of articles dealing with language and styles of thinking.
This information is going to be key to grasping how the Lord speaks to us through the Bible, especially concerning the RELATIONSHIPS between “sin & uncleanness” and “holiness & uncleanness”.
Also, given where we’re at in Leviticus at the moment, the timing is perfect to introduce this information.
The first issue I need to tackle and one that always brings up much debate concerns the original Bible languages.
The common assumption is that Old Testament was first penned in Hebrew while the New Testament was originally written in Greek.
On a simplistic level, I would say that is a fairly accurate assumption.
But you should also know there are quite a few scholars out there who are pretty confident that even the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic, but soon afterwards was translated into Greek which was the lingua franca of the day.
I’m not going to be exploring that issue, but wanted you to be aware that this is what some scholars believe.
For purposes of our discussion, I’m going to be sticking with the common assumption that Hebrew was the original Old Testament language and Greek was the original New Testament language.
Now having said that, the first most important point I need to make is this:
THE HEBREWS WROTE THE ENTIRE BIBLE!
And when I say the “entire Bible”, I mean BOTH the Old AND the New Testament.
The possible exception to this may be the Gospel of Luke, but I would say even that is debatable.
Either way, even if Luke was a gentile, he represents such a small part of the total Biblical record.
And Luke’s works were basically a putting together of the personal accounts of the Hebrews who had encountered the Messiah anyway.
So before we even go one step further, I need to make it crystal clear that the ENTIRE BIBLE was written by Hebrews.
This is a fact that has never come up against any serious challenge.
Why is this important?
It’s important because both the Old and New Testament reflect a Hebrew-style of thinking.
Just because the New Testament was written in Greek does NOT, and I repeat, DOES NOT mean it reflects Greek gentile linear thinking.
Even the New Testament is a Hebrew book through and through.
In order to properly understand both the Old and the New Testament, you have to think like a Hebrew.