Why Study the Biblical Languages
Ironically, technology has made study of the biblical languages both easier and less likely (technology giveth; technology taketh away). In my own experience, I can say it was very difficult to push myself to master the Hebrew verb states (or stems; i.e., Niphal, Piel, Pual, etc.) because I knew that BibleWorks would do it for me flawlessly. However, without BibleWorks’ ability to look up any Hebrew word instantly with just a mouse click (or even a mouse hover!), I wonder how strong my Hebrew would be at the moment.
I’m not old enough to say with confidence that we’ve entered a crisis in the study of biblical languages, but I’ve heard others say as much. And I have to think technology is a major contributing factor on both the positive and negative sides.
In any case, this effort at biblical languages instruction from Tyndale House looks very interesting and promising. Check out the video on the main page (and check out the interesting Cerego video about memory retention on this page, too).