The Old Testament was primarily the biography of a people and God’s dealings with them. Hebrew was the primary language in which the Old Testament was written, and it was particularly suited for this kind of biographical expression for at least two reasons.
- It is a pictorial language, speaking with vivid, bold metaphors that challenge and dramatize the story...
- Further, Hebrew is a personal language. It addresses itself to the heart and emotions rather than merely to the mind or reason. (328).
- Greek was an intellectual language. It was more a language of the mind than of the heart, a fact to which the great Greek philosophers gave abundant evidence...It was a language that could more easily render the credible into the intelligible than could Hebrew. It was for this reason that New Testament Greek was a most useful medium for expressing the propositional truth of the New Testament, as Hebrew was for expressing the biographical truth of the Old Testament.
- Greek was nearly a universal language. (329).