Is the Bible any easier to understand in Hebrew (or Aramaic/Greek) that it is in English?
It is easier to understand it, in the language that your most proficient, For many reading the Bible seems daunting, but do not be discouraged, the Bible can help you have a happier and more satisfying life.
Understanding the Bible—What Will Help You?
Have the right frame of mind.
At Luke 10:21 below are the words directed by Jesus to his heavenly Father, they tell us that to understand the Bible you must have the right mental attitude. God's wisdom is revealed to the humble, the sheep-like people, people that are teachable. If you have any negative preconceived ideas about what the Bible teaches, try to set them aside and let God help you.
Luke 10:21 (NASB)
21 At that very [a]time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and
said, “I [b]praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You
have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have
revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing
in Your sight.
Prepare your heart, by prayer.
The Bible was inspired by the spirit, of God, its message will become understandable to you with the help of that spirit. You must pray for such help. Notice how this was the concern of the psalmist who wrote:
Psalm 119:34 (NASB)
34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with
all my heart.
Psalm 65:2 (NASB)
2 O You who hear prayer, To You all men come.
King Solomon prays to God to fulfill the promises made to his father David .1 King 8:23:53
Get help from those that have spend their time reading the Bible.
The Bible is like a puzzle, some parts are easy to understand, but others are difficult and you may need help. One such person was the Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of Candance, He was a Jewish proselyte who had a good knowledge of the OT scriptures, yet he needed help to understand. Read Acts 8:26-38 If you taking Bible lessons, ask for the scriptures which support such teachings, do not take everything for granted, even if you believe in the same thing.
Reading to understand.
Do not just read to cover material. Actively think about what you are reading. Ask yourself questions like these. What qualities do I see in the person I am reading? How can I apply this in my life?
Select a reliable modern-language translation.
Select a translation that is easy to read and understand, avoid translations that use out- of- date words that you do not know, so look for a Bible that uses easy to understand language that will touch your heart.
Use modern technology, many Bibles are available online and can be downloaded. Certain versions use additional tools that allow you a quick comparison of similar verses for clarification. Use Bible study tools. Bible study tools such as maps of the land of Israel will help you locate places and put events in perspective.
Vary your approach.
If reading the Bible from cover to cover seems daunting, why not stimulate your interest by starting to read portions that especially appeal to you. If you want to find out about famous people in the Bible, you could try character -base reading. For example
Mary: (Jesus mother) Matthew chapters 1-2, Luke chapters 1-2, John2:1-2 and acts !;12-14, 2:1-4
Abigail: 1 Samuel chapter 25
Esther: Esther chapters 2-5, 7-9
Rebekah: Genesis chapters 24-27
Sarah: Genesis chapters 17-18, 20-21, 23, Hebrews 11:11 and 1 Peter 3:1-6
Abraham: Genesis chapters 11-24 and 25:1-11
David: 1 Samuel chapters 16-30, 2 Samuel chapters 1-24, and 1 Kings chapters 1-2
Jesus: The Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John.
Moses: Exodus chapters 2-20, 24, 32-34, Numbers chapters 11-17, 20-21, 27 and 31, Deuteronomy chapter 34.
Paul: Acts chapters 7-9, 13-28
Peter: Matthew chapters 4,10,14-16-17, 26. Acts chapters 1-5, 8-12
Noah: Genesis chapters 5-9, Noah, for example, took about 40-50 to build the Ark.