Thursday, September 09, 2004

Listening To Those From The Past

Dead language implies the idea that the study of the language is not relevant, not functional. It makes me think about a trip my wife and I took to Oxford with our daughters in tow. The museum at Oxford talked about how one can explore both the past and the future. The past is explored through history. The future is explored through the imagination. As we look at languages from civilizations past, we receive their messages, whether they were intended for us or not. We get to know their thoughts, their style of communicating and their world. We don't know it absolutely, but we do gain an understanding. Many in our post-modern generation generation look at the Bible as written by a long gone culture with no relevance. Those who will put the effort to learn Biblical languages will reap rewards. Its worth the effort.
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