Recommendations on a Greek Interlinear

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  1. Rob_BW

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    I finish school in the spring, and I'm thinking that some self study in biblical languages should be my next endeavor. I have some experience with the Greek alphabet, so I figured it would be best to start with the New Testament.

    Any favored versions? Textbooks? Software? Advice?
     
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    Without any hesitation I'd recommend digital over books.

    I use Logos Bible Software.

    Rob
     
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    Maybe I'm old school but I like actual books. Do you mean interlinear are you referring to an actual Greek interlinear or a reverse interlinear? A Greek interlinear follows the Greek word order while a reverse interlinear follows the English word order. I have grown quite fond of my ESV Reverse Interlinear. I would recommend a Greek New Testament (UBS), a Greek lexicon (BDAG or Liddell-Scott), a reverse interlinear (like the above mentioned ESV), and an entry level Greek grammar (there are a lot of good ones, I would recommend Mounce's "Greek For The Rest Of Us").
     
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    Thanks for the advice. Mounce seemed popular on amazon, I thought about getting his combo text/workbook.

    Is Strong's the way to go if I plan on getting into Hebrew later on?
     
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    I taught from Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar last year, but this year am using David Alan Black's excellent work, and much prefer it. If you are going to be self-taught, however, Mounce's Greek for the Rest of Us (as suggested also by RobustTheologian) is worth looking into. Mounce has some other resources for beginner's also: DVDs, free software on his website, etc.

    No, avoid Strong's, which is badly out of date. Get some good software--I use BibleWorks9 and love it. It parses for you, which of course Strong's does not do. Even the free e-Sword will give you the BDB lexicon, which is much better than Strong's.

    As for an interlinear, for the NT I have The NKJV Greek-English Interlinear New Testament, which unfortunately is out of print right now but can be had on Amazon used. But I seldom use it anymore, since software does so much nowadays.

    As for an OT interlinear, there are some good ones out there. I have Jay Green's, but seldom use it; my software is much better. (I have a friend who worked on the OT, and he says it's good, but Green's NT is poor.)
     
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    Would check out the software by Gramcord, where Dr Gleason Archer read the entire Greek text, and has strongs numbering for each verse!
     
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    I need to check that out. Sadly, I may have to teach a Greek class next semester. Frown
     
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    Hopefully, you'll enjoy it! :)

    I used Mounce last year, but changed to Black for this year. I guess I'm old school, having been brought up on Machen, which is what I taught from in Japan. (That was the only text we had there.) I like Black in that he makes things easier, for example by putting the present active indicative and future act. ind. in the same chapter. Also, in spite of me being old school, I like that Black is very up to date in using linguistics in his text. For example, he carefully discusses verbal aspect (in which he is more restrained than Porter), which is a help to my students.

    On the other hand, Mounce was okay but I just couldn't get used to his style. He has such things as a set of "noun rules" which as supposed to help cut down on the memorization process, but to me they just complicated things.

    Another positive thing about Black is that he puts everything in 26 chapters, which is quite manageable for the two semesters of 1st year Greek. Compare that to 33 for Machen and 36 for Mounce!
     

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