[b-greek] Re: Mounce NIV English-GNT

From: Jason Hare (language_lover64801@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Nov 05 2000 - 04:19:41 EST


I could not agree more! I know there are bound to be different opinions on
this subject for sure, but even in my limited experience with dealing with
people and the text, I have noticed self-proclaimed scholars who wave the
Greek text around as if it were their best-friend. However, the sad truth
remains that they, in many accounts, do not know Greek at all. It is
rather sad. Also, large misunderstandings are often founded in a presumed,
yet unfounded, "knowledge" of Greek. I don't know if I should be happy or
sad about this new interlinear. Personally, I prefer to have no English
Bible present. If I have a problem in a spot, I do use my electronic
Bible. But, it must be understood, also, that many people do not have the
time to dedicate themselves to the study of the language and must rely on
Vine's and Strong. The thing is that these should never base so much in
Greek. They should rely more on what they know. We all have our "gifts"
(if you will), but we are not all Greek scholars. Why can't we get that
through our heads? :-)


Jason Hare
Ozark Christian College


Subject: Re: Mounce NIV English-GNT
From: "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 08:53:16 -0600
X-Message-Number: 5

At 3:24 PM +0100 11/3/00, Wieland Willker wrote:
>Coming in December:
>NIV English-Greek New Testament, The
>A Reverse Interlinear
>William D. Mounce, Editor
>ISBN: 0310203775
>Zondervan Publishing House
>Size: 6-1/8 x 9-3/16 - 1536 pp - Price: $49.99, CBD: $34.99
>Synopsis: An Interlinear New Testament in which the English text (NIV) is
>primary rather
>than Greek text (as all the other interlinear New Testaments are.)
>Catalog Description: The NIV English-Greek New Testament is an
>interlinear with a twist.
>In this volume, the English text (NIV) is the top line of the text, with
>the Greek below
>it, appropriately adjusted to the English, as well as the
>Goodrick/Kohlenberger number and
>the morphological tag (the latter shows exactly what kind of form it is)
>in two separate
>lines below the Greek text. The reader is able can read the English and
>work towards the
>Greek without having much knowledge of Greek

And how many more, I wonder, will, thus empowered, make the claim that they
understand the Greek NT? I certainly begrudge nobody access to Greek, but I
nevertheless marvel at how the allurement of a simple understanding of the
Biblical text and its language is packaged and sold--aye, and at bargain


Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018
Home: 7222 Colgate Ave./St. Louis, MO 63130/(314) 726-5649


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