[B-Greek] Con Campbell on Interlinears

Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Tue Oct 6 11:00:09 EDT 2009

Dear Martin,

When the Scripture text for the sermon is read on Sunday's and Wednesday's I am
reading from the Greek text unless it is a responsive reading. Even then, I will
note the passage(s) of the responsive reading and read them out loud later

Next, during the entire sermon by the Pastor, Missionary, etc., I continue to
read from the Greek text. This allows me to pick up what is not normally seen by
the eye, but by the ear. It is the aural-oral connection. True, I am hearing
English, in this instance and matching it to the corresponding Greek word, but I
will read the Greek text OUT LOUD, late. Whether one uses Erasmian, Buthian,
etc., in pronunciation of the words, is not the issue at this juncture. It is
the reading of the text and comprehension will increase. One will hear and see
word pairs, bracketing, pearl-stringing, chiasms, hyperbole, metaphor, puns,
etc. that is not normally seen when passive reading the English text. If I am
stuck on a word, then I look it up, note the parsing, and proceed on. BTW, I do
the same for the Hebrew text.

If I am preaching, I read the Greek (Hebrew) text in question several times over
before I start the translating and sermon process. It is imperative that one
preaching from the pulpit be thoroughly involved in the text in order to
communicate the Word of God to the people. Anything less is.... I then note any
thing that seems to stick out, etc., but I especially note if it a controversial
passage. I note the pros and cons of the arguments of these passages and will
present them to the people giving them my conclusion.

En Xristwi,

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Martin F. Daly" <pastor at ruggleschurch.worthyofpraise.org>
Cc: "B-Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 7:13 AM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Con Campbell on Interlinears

I seldom feel I have anything worthwhile to contribute to the
conversations on this list, but gladly read and weigh the posts.
At the risk of displaying my ignorance I have two comments and one question.

1.)I didn't find that my ability to read began to stick until I was
forced to parse and translate every word for an independent study I was
doing. The process was painstakingly slow, but gradually (ever so
gradually...) little things I began to recognize as words or forms I had
looked up before. My biceps began to take shape. I still am a 90 pound
weakling, but I'm off the couch.

2.)I parse and translate one verse a day from the New Testament, not
more, because I found that I was getting discouraged with lack of time
to do more, and so would end up doing nothing.
I am slowly working my way through John's gospel and will decide where
to go when I complete that. I use an online site to copy and paste the
greek text into Notepad, save it as Unicode, and then cut and paste into
my blog. This removes all the "parsing info" but leaves the Unicode
text. I then go through each word and do my best using only my UBS4
Greek New Testament and my grammar book tables.
After I complete my work, I check it against the parsings of the online
site. I have found the online site to be wrong on occasion, and I have
found that I was wrong on more occasions, but the process causes me to
think, work my biceps, and hopefully improve. This process takes me from
20 min. to 1 hr. each morning, about 5 mornings a week.

The question:
What other methods/ processes to people use to maintain and improve
their ability to read and understand? I mean specifically, not generally.

En Xapis,
--- marty ---

Carl Conrad wrote:
> 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
> at:
> = 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
> Greek.
> "Instead of using the primary muscle group needed to read Greekyour
> memory!the interlinear allows you to underwork your memory and rely
> on the stronger muscle groupthe 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 dont 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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