Tuesday, May 17, 2011

To Study is To Worship

Why do you teach? What do you teach? Are you Greek or Hebrew in your approach?
  • The Greek approach is the buffet approach to education; pick and choose that which suits YOU. Very individualistic, very self-focused.
  • The Hebraic approach to education is to marinate the student. Soak them in an understanding of who they are in grand story of God.
 "In short, in secular Greek literature the didaskalos (teacher) aimed mainly at developing the talents and potentialities of his pupil. Unlike the Jewish idea of teaching, Greek teaching did not usually concern itself with the development of the students whole personality and his education in the deepest sense...

The aim of the Jewish teacher was not so much to develop certain intellectual or practical faculties in his disciple but rather to summon his learner to submit to the authority of the divine message of the Scripture upon which he was commenting. here the Jew's whole personality is involved; to be taught called for radical obedience to that higher divine reality outside oneself...the Greeks learned in order to comprehend. The Hebrews learned in order to revere."

"Genuine reverence for the sanctity of study is bound to invoke in the pupils the awareness that study is not an ordeal but an act of edification ; that the school is a sanctuary, not a factory, that study is a form of worship.

(Our Father Abraham, "A Life of Learning."


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Deanna said...

This is a timely post. There is an article in Memoria Press' recent newsletter that compares Greek/Hebrew perspective. Great post.

LaughingLioness said...

I haven't seen the MP newsletter yet(I bet somone stuck it in the mag pile!). I've been reading excerpts from Our Father Abraham and it has been fantastic! Thanks for your kind words!

Jen said...

This was really interesting and I agree that to study His Word is a form of worship.


I love the thought of study as a form of worship. It is one of my favorites.


Robin McCormack said...

Great post. Didn't realize it but leaning in the Hebrew direction.