Greek or Hebrew

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  1. NoutheticCounselor

    NoutheticCounselor Puritan Board Freshman

    In your opinion, is Greek or Hebrew easier to learn?
     
  2. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Greek.
     
  3. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    It's all Greek to me. :)
     
  4. JP Wallace

    JP Wallace Puritan Board Sophomore

    Definitely Greek, the characters and forms etc. in Hebrew are all very alien and it has a very steep initial learning curve.
     
  5. Guido's Brother

    Guido's Brother Puritan Board Junior

    I actually found Hebrew easier. It's not an inflected language, no cases, only two "tenses." Once you get past the alphabet and the writing right to left, it's not that hard. I learned Hebrew first, and loved it.
     
  6. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    I would agree that Hebrew is actually easier. People can sometimes create their own mental blocks to Hebrew by getting scared at the alphabet. But with a qualified teacher, one can get past that rather easily. The grammar of Hebrew is FAR easier than Greek, especially when it comes to verbs. Greek has way more endings for verbs. I am fond of saying that Greek would be SO much easier to learn if the ancient Greeks didn't actually, you know, DO anything. Hebrew verbal vocabulary is more difficult to memorize, because every verb has three consonants. But the Hebrew grammar is way easier.
     
  7. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    Hebrew was easier for me.
     
  8. kodos

    kodos Puritan Board Junior

    At the very beginning, Greek was easier for me and Hebrew more difficult. Especially in terms of vocabulary, as many English words are derived from their Greek counterparts.

    But the more I worked with the two languages and got over the "hump" of Hebrew (the alephbet, the vocabulary) -- the more intuitive Hebrew is becoming.

    Perseverance through the early parts of Hebrew will pay off later!
     
  9. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    That is a hard question for me. Greek has a very familiar alphabet, and the syntactical language seems a little more English-like. Hebrew, as others have said, is very foreign. The alphabet looks other-worldly (although it is very fun to read, even if you can't translate anything!). However, after learning Hebrew, I felt that it was simpler, for some reason or another. Right now, I think I feel a little more comfortable in Hebrew than in Greek. The hardest thing about Hebrew is weak verbs. Some of the ways certain verbs conjugate is absolutely wild. Sometimes, if a verb is doubly-weak (i.e., it has to weak consonants), only one root letter of the original three can be found, yet the word can be five or six letters long! Therefore, you have to be very familiar with prefixes and suffixes in order to be able to determine what the lexical form actually is.

    In the end, I would say that I found them both equally challenging in their own ways. However, I actually found that the foreign nature of Hebrew actually facilitated my learning of it, since I went in with more of a blank slate than I did with Greek; I had no preconceived notions.
     
  10. TheologiaCrucis

    TheologiaCrucis Puritan Board Freshman

    Hebrew is objectively a simpler language, but when all the verbal roots are tri-consonantal vocabulary can be a chore. I would say Hebrew grammar is much easier. Greek vocab is a bit easier.
     
  11. Berean by Grace

    Berean by Grace Puritan Board Freshman

    Hebrew Grammar; but Greek Vocabulary, there are a lot of Greek Words that sound like English words we commonly use.

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  12. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    Greek for starters, then Hebrew. After a while Hebrew is easier.
     
  13. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    Checked with my youth pastor, while at Liberty University, he took both Greek Hebrew at same time to get his Mdiv, and he said that was really something!
     
  14. Pete Williamson

    Pete Williamson Puritan Board Freshman

    Greek was easier for me. Didn't hurt that I had studied Russian language for three years before.
     
  15. calvin1517

    calvin1517 Puritan Board Freshman

    I found Hebrew easier to learn. While learning the alphabet and the vowel system is a bit difficult at first, there is not many difficult concepts to learn. Greek on the other hand has a more difficult grammar system to remember.
     
  16. tabrooks

    tabrooks Puritan Board Freshman

    Agreed. I thought Hebrew was easier.
     
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