[B-Greek] Con Campbell on Interlinears

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Tue Oct 6 06:41:14 EDT 2009

That old curmudgeon Clay Bartholomew once described his posts to B- 
Greek as Molotov cocktails stealthily-tossed into the public square to  
create a stir. Things have been relatively quiet on B-Greek for a day  
or so, wherefore it seems worth noting that Con Campbell, about whose  
"Basics of Biblical Greek Verbal Aspect" I have raised some questions  
heretofore, has posted a nice remark about interlinears in a blog post  
= http://turl.ca/tkkf

Says Professor Campbell:

"Just as performing bicep curls without using your biceps is  
counterproductive and lame, so too is reading Greek without using your  

"Instead of using the primary ‘muscle group’ needed to read Greek—your  
memory!—the interlinear allows you to underwork your memory and rely  
on the stronger ‘muscle group’—the printed English vocabulary sitting  
right there under each Greek word.

"So, go ahead and burn that interlinear. Or, at least, give it to  
someone you don’t like very much."

Of course, there is hardly any danger that we shall be seeing a  
bonfire of the interlinears in the near or distant future; things like  
that have a long lifespan.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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