Why Study Hebrew?

June 2, 2015

Many years ago when I considered going to seminary, Biblical was one of my options. I wrote the admissions office and they sent me some interesting materials. Among them was an article authored by Dr. Allan MacRae entitled, “With the Rich in His Death.” Dr. MacRae was the co founder and first president of Biblical.

Study Hebrew

In the article, he does a wonderful job of unpacking the meaning of Isa 53:9, “And he made his grave with wicked, and with the rich in his death.” (KJV) This prophecy of Christ is actually alluded to in the brand new NBC mini series A.D. The Bible Continues. In the very first episode, “The Tomb is Open,” Caiaphas, the high priest is dismayed to hear that the deceased Jesus has been placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea – in fulfillment of Isa 53:9! (You can view the scene by skipping to about 20 minutes in).

Dr. MacRae demonstrates how even just a basic knowledge of Hebrew can open up the Scriptures in new and fascinating ways. He shows how careful attention to the text will not only curb the tendencies of modernist interpreters, but also confirms in greater detail the Bible’s divine inspiration.

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