[B-Greek] Con Campbell on Interlinears

Sarah Madden sarah.r.madden at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 12:33:38 EDT 2009

To all --

Amen to all of this discussion, particularly Carl's quote from Clay
Bartholomew's blog comparing using interliners to not using your primary
muscle groups to memorize/read/understand Greek. For several years I tried
to tutor a grad student in Greek grammar, with surprisingly no success, and
he only admitted quite late that he was relying on an interlinear, even
taking it with him to Greek classes. NO WONDER he didn't "get" Greek and was
still asking questions that a first-semester student would have mastered in
the first month!! I had never seen one until a few weeks ago when someone
opened one up (NOT in a Greek class).

Sarah ><>

On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM, nebarry at verizon.net <nebarry at verizon.net>wrote:

> Original Message:
> -----------------
> From: James Bowick james at bowick.com
> Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 10:08:00 -0400
> To: JSpinti at eisenbrauns.com, b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Con Campbell on Interlinears
> >>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.<<
> The things is, they are not getting closer to the Greek -- they are really
> looking at a painfully literal sort of English translation that makes them
> think they are getting something they can't get from an English
> translation, but it's all a fake.  They would be much better off with the
> New American Standard and a good exegetical commentary or two.
> It's always good to burn the hard copies -- although check it.  When we
> were first married, my wife had an interlinear.  She saved the marriage by
> agreeing to get rid of it, but when she opened it up, a 20 dollar bill
> dropped out...
> As for the electronic copies, maybe someone could write a nice worm which
> could turn and erase the files whenever someone attempts to open them?
> Barry
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