[B-Greek] Interlinear Hellenistic writings
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at ioa.com
Wed Nov 23 20:27:58 EST 2005
Mitch, I'd be leery of the Loebs, although they probably come closest
to an interlinear for Hellenitic texts; but the Loeb translations are
very uneven, ranging from excellent to mediocre at best. And since
they are not "literal" translations, they don't always offer a clear
sense of HOW the Greek text means what it means, since they weren't
really meant to do what an interlinear does.
For Hellenistic texts outside the Bible one of the oldest and best
books still available is Wikgren, Hellenistic Greek Texts. You can
find the full description and look at some pages at amazon.com at
Wikgren doesn't provide a commentary but the texts are nicely
annotated and there is a vocabulary:
"In seventy-five passages from religious and religio-philosophical
writings of the Hellenistic era--Christian, Jewish, and pagan--
Hellenistic Greek Texts includes material suited to every linguistic
level and illustrates various literary styles. The Old Testament, the
Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament, Philo,
Josephus, early Christian writings, pagan literature, and writings
from papyri are all represented to provide first-hand material for
the study of Christian origins and of koine, or everyday, Greek in
which the New Testament was written.
"An introduction to koine Greek and Hellenistic culture and
religion, a selected bibliography, brief prefaces to the selections,
and a complete vocabulary are also included in this volume. "
On Nov 23, 2005, at 7:48 PM, Mitch Larramore wrote:
> I would like to know if there is such a product
> available for purchase as something resembling an
> Interlinear GNT, only the text would be extra-biblical
> writings. I think the Loeb Classical works come very
> close (the English is on the opposite page of the
> Greek text), and may be my best option, assuming they
> cover Hellenistic writings. Does anyone know where I
> can find such an Interlinear?
> I would also want something like the UBS GNT where
> there is a Lexicon in the back, since I probably will
> not be able to read from texts whose vocabulary
> differs from the GNT.
> Please let me know if you are aware of such resources.
> The more the better.
> Mitch Larramore
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Carl W. Conrad
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