[B-Greek] Con Campbell on Interlinears
Paul E. Baronowsky
paulb2 at insightbb.com
Tue Oct 6 11:41:12 EDT 2009
James Bowick wrote:
> Just to stir the pot...
> There are many out there who are seeking to gain a little better
> understanding into their sacred text. Many have neither the time, nor in
> some cases the ability, to learn the language. While it is no doubt true
> that the use of an Interlinear is absolutely no substitution for learning
> the language, I would argue it is a pretty good substitute for strict
> dependency on English translations.
What is the English part of a Greek-English interlinear text if not yet
another English translation? And, worse perhaps, a translation that uses
a single English word to gloss a Greek word that may have several
meanings, both denotations and connotations, that depend on context. If
one knows no Greek and must depend on a translation, why not use an
English version that has withstood the test of time? Why should one use
an interlinear at all, if he/she cannot judge the appropriateness of the
series of English glosses?
My ability to read Greek with understanding is somewhere between that of
an advanced beginner and an early intermediate. I usually lurk on this
list, where I learn a lot. But I felt impelled to come out of lurking
mode in this case. Now, I'll slink back to the safety of lurking.
Paul E. Baronowsky (Retired research chemist/biochemist)
Evansville, IN, USA
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