24 Feb 2015
Our language today is saturated in the languages from of old. It is prudent to understand this in theory of course, but more attribution could be given. Primarily, English shows signs of the epic language of a Hellenistic culture that spread through the world a little before the days Christ walked the Earth. Koinἐ Greek seems apparent to influence not only our literature, our philosophical studies, science, math, but also our educational endeavors. The suffix “-logy” that is found in a good many technical terms classifying the subject of study, and comes from the Greek “Logos”. Other words remain the de-facto standard because of their articulate nature: “Theo” stands for God, and “Bio” stands for life.
The large amount of species of plants, animals, protists, fungi, and monerans still are referred to by their Latin names in scientific circles because of the depth of variety the language provides. It is remarkable to know that just one language cannot hold all of the identifications of creation’s complexity. Our learning presuppositions are also in part credited to the advancement of philosophical development and logic done in Hellenic (classic Greek) culture.
Ancient moral foundations
As much of the western world claims an identity in Christ, It stands to reason that acknowledging and appreciating the language of the Hebrews is wise. They have a long history, and much has branched out of the Hebrew worldview. The Hebrew Torah has given us some solid moral and civil foundations to lean on, and while most of those laws are now no longer applicable to Gentiles, there is still good principles found there. The culture of Hebrews also offer many good methods of teaching that are very practical. The story-driven teaching approach seen in the Old-Testament is a testament that oral tradition has some merit.
Simple written records
The pictorial written records of the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians, and the pre-Greek proto-languages are indications that people have had a desire to communicate and keep track of information for a very long time. Whether it was for transferring information or discoveries onto posterity, or to preserve their accumulation of information for themselves, written records are an expression of who we are as God’s intelligently-complex creatures.