Yes, I do think this approach is good. Even though I will never preach a sermon, I have taught women and young adults (high school).
I want to be thorough. No one needs my opinion. We all need what the Scriptures actually teach, and, frankly, the more I learn, the more I understand not only how inadequate is any English version, but also how helpful it is to read what real scholars have to say. When it comes to the NT, I know enough Greek that I can make sense of the text, follow the arguments in the technical commentaries, evaluate them, and come to a reasonable conclusion. I cannot do that with the OT. However, methodology can be applied to either testament.
I hope to be taking a 'Hebrew for Bible Study' this fall at the same Christian college where I studied Greek. I hope that will get my feet wet, so to speak, and get me on the road to a working understanding of the language. I also already have approval from a former professor to sit in with another student at the seminary for Greek reading. Having access to a knowledgeable man when questions arise is invaluable!
Anyway, though I know I will never be a true scholar, I do want to improve my study skills for my own sake and, I hope, for the benefit of those I teach. Your podcasts really help me toward that goal.
Edited by Julie Falling, 27 May 2014 - 02:31 PM.