Reading in Greek the New and the Septuagint Old Testament (cf. what I write about this in The Ancient Greeks, Athens 2012, p. 12 ff), prepares conditions that support a deeper understanding of the biblical meanings, while in itself a contact with Greek elevates thinking abilities.

Several ways to approach the text are possible, and to evaluate the prospects a certain precondition besides anything else should not be neglected, an awareness that the main foundation of all meaning lies in the Church, not in the biblical text alone, since the Church decided even the text. Without the Church or before the Church the Bible does not exist and is unthinkable. This truth may not please the Protestant soul, where the authority of the Church sinks in painful memories of the papacy, yet it remains accurate and unavoidable.[1]