The Benefit of Interlinears

Okay, so maybe I really don’t see much value in using interlinears and just wanted a title that would catch your attention.*

But now that I have it, please stay because I would like to talk about the benefit of something closely related to interlinears.


That is, of course, the process of creating an interlinear. Many of you know that I’m working on an interlinear project right now for Logos Bible Software for the LXX. And while I would not recommend using an interlinear for learning the language, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve learned about Greek by looking at word order phenomena – specifically, what words and phrases are placed in front of the verb ad when, what words and phrases follow the verb and so forth.

I’m going to guess that at some point you were told in a first year grammar class that word order doesn’t matter – or something like that.

Well, I’m here to tell you, whoever told you that is completely wrong.

* That is to say, I don’t seem value in learning the language when it comes to interlinears. I do think there is value in them. I’ve seen first hand the busyness of the pastor’s life and I know that its hard enough for them to learn the vocabulary enough for the New Testament, much less beyond and for that reason, I think an LXX interlinear or an Apocrypha interlinear or an Apostolic Fathers interlinear would be beneficial for the busy pastor who doesn’t have the time or energy for going beyond learning New Testament vocabulary. That is exactly why I am whole heartedly behind the LXX interlinear project.