I have often heard it claimed from many Orthodox that such and such Western Father and/or theologian misrepresented such and such Eastern Father and/or theologian because said Western Father and/or theologian didn't understand Greek.
Do you think that all (or many or most) Western Fathers and theologians didn't/don't understand Greek or that in order to properly understand Orthodox theology one must be fluent in Greek?
What I've been told is that the key is understanding "Greek thought" and not just understanding the linguistics of the language. Since I don't understand either really, I'm not sure what that means...LOL!
But it kind of makes sense when/if you've ever been around 2 people who both know the grammer, and yet the one who actually grasps "greek thought" seems to have a more Orthodox understanding of a particular text, while the one who merely comprehends the grammer might have an Orthodox interpretation, or a Catholic one, or even a Jesus Seminar interpretation of a text.
Don't know if that makes sense, but that's what I've been told, and have observed in the past.
And certainly you don't have to know Greek, hence maybe there is something to the idea of "Greek Patristic thought" which over the centuries became "Orthodox thought".