Years ago my father and I were talking about what we coud do to help people study their Bibles better. One of the problems was that many people are limited by only being able to work in English, and learning Greek was too much work.
So we started thinking about what it would be like to teach a little Greek, and what we discovered was that a small investment in Greek really did reap a significant reward in Bible study. And so I started working on tools for this audience.
In the process, I came up with the term "reverse interlinear." A traditional interlinear maintains Greek word order and alters the English, which makes the English almost unusuable. But if we maintained English word order and altered the Greek, then both the English and Greek are helpful; hence, "reverse interlinear."
Since those early days, the term has become generally used, and I am thankful to see other publishers and writers developing these types of tools. Here is what my father and I wrote.
For years, Vine's has been the standard word study tool for pastors and laypeople. This new dictionary is written by over 40 Bible scholars, edited by Bill Mounce and contains in-depth definitions. This dictionary is ideal for those with little or no knowledge of Greek or Hebrew but want greater insight into the meaning of biblical words to enhance their Bible study. This dictionary contains 14,000 entries, is keyed to several translations, both Greek and Hebrew words are found under each English entry and uses both Strong's and G/K numbers. It also reveals connections and nuances not apparent in English translations. Published by Zondervan (2006).
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If you’d love to learn Greek so you can study your Bible better, but you can’t spare two years for college or seminary courses, then Greek for the Rest of Us is for you. Developed by renowned Greek teacher William Mounce, this revolutionary crash-course on “baby Greek” will acquaint you with the essentials of the language and deepen your understanding of God’s Word. You’ll gain a sound knowledge of basic Greek, and you’ll learn how to use tools that will add muscle to your Bible studies.
In six sections, Greek for the Rest of Us will help you recite the Greek alphabet, read and pronounce Greek words, learn the Greek noun and verbal system, conduct Greek word studies, decipher why translations are different, and read better commentaries
While other interlinear Bibles assume that you know Greek. Interlinear for the Rest of Us assumes that you don’t, or that you’ve forgotten much of what you once knew. Designed for busy pastors, Sunday school teachers, and anyone who wants a practical tool for studying the Scriptures, this interlinear makes reading easy by flip-flopping the usual order of appearance. It uses the English text as the main text rather than the Greek, so there is absolutely no confusion about the meaning of what you’re reading. Discover the Greek words behind the English translation. Conduct your own word studies using Greek word study books---without knowing Greek.
Traditional interlinears, NASB/NIV, NIV/KJV, and TNIV/NLT, with a new Greek text, new interlinear translation (done by Robert H. Mounce), parsing, and Goodrich/Kohlenberger number for each word; Contains a Greek/English Dictionary. Published by Zondervan, 2008
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