From: clayton stirling bartholomew (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Nov 04 2000 - 16:29:09 EST
on 11/04/00 12:09 PM, Patrick Narkinsky wrote:
> interlinear is a useful tool if you want to get a good feel for *exactly*
> what the words in a particular passage mean, and know little Greek.
Does this not amount to a contradiction?
The more one studies Ancient Greek (8th Cent. BC to 1st AD) the less likely
one will be to claim to know " *exactly* what the words in a particular
passage mean." I suspect that this is one of the reasons that interlinear
texts are frowned on by NT Greek Professors. They give the *extreme* novice
a false sense of "working in the original language."
This new book is more counter productive than a standard interlinear since
you lose the word order of the Greek text. But there is a market for books
like this, a very big market and that is what drives projects like this.
Zondervan is a marketing company and they have a small stable where the keep
and feed their Greek reference book authors. As long as they keep cranking
out marketable books the get their bag of oats every day.
When I was in second grade my parents bought me a 24" bicycle which was so
big that I could not begin to reach the peddles. I learned to ride a bike on
a neighbor girl's mini-bike with training wheels. When my legs were long
enough I started riding my own bike. This is what interlinears are all
about. They are training wheels. The quicker you get rid of them the better.
Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062
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