I am a staff member at a Bible college, and our classes began for the Spring semester this week. As our Biblical languages instructor is new, I sat in on his first class to evaluate his pedagogical aptitude. He began the class period by discussing the place of Biblical languages in Christian education for about 45 minutes. Students were asked to defend two positions, regardless of what they actually believed: 1) The position that learning Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek is important and necessary in the education of pastors/ministers, and 2) that learning the languages is not necessary for pastors/ministers, as they can be supplemented with less rigorous teachings of learning how to use study tools for the languages (while not being taught the languages classically). I'm certainly familiar with this discussion which has been around for awhile, and I thought it would be an interesting question to ask here. Essentially, it seems that some argue that there is a large enough payoff from learning the languages compared to just learning how to use the study tools to justify the rigors of learning Greek and Hebrew, while others don't agree. What are your thoughts?