We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new Bible to our online library: the Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament! If you’ve always wanted to explore the original Greek of the New Testament but weren’t sure how or where to begin, this is an excellent place to start.
An interlinear Bible is a good learning tool for anybody interested in the Bible’s original languages or Bible translation in general. An interlinear Bible presents the original Bible language alongside—in printed Bibles, usually above—the modern translation, so that you can easily see exactly how each word and phrase of the original language is being translated. (A reverse-interlinear reverses the positions of the two languages.) One of the driving goals behind this translation is to help Bible readers who don’t necessarily know any ancient Greek to experience the original Bible text alongside a familiar modern translation.
The Mounce Reverse-Interlinear NT adheres to a practical translation philosophy that makes it ideal for students of the Bible: it’s sufficiently formal (in translation philosophy) so as to function as an interlinear, but it’s also as dynamic as possible to show students how to translate both words and meaning. The result is a Bible translation that rests comfortably between the ESV and NIV. It pays close attention to the specific context of each Greek word, and especially tries to maintain the distinction between dependent and independent constructions.
At the moment, only the English portion of the Mounce Reverse-Interlinear NT is available on Bible Gateway; the Greek will be added soon. In the meantime, if you want to get the experience of an interlinear Bible, you can use our side-by-side Bible view to pair the Mounce English text with a Greek text. Here’s a side-by-side view of John 3 in the Mounce and SBL Greek New Testaments.
Bill Mounce, the guiding force of this translation, is a well-known scholar of New Testament Greek. If you check your pastor’s bookshelf, it’s a sure bet you’ll find at least one of Mounce’s books there—many of his books on Biblical Greek are now standards in seminary classes around the world. For more information on Mounce’s work, see For more information, go to Teknia.com, BillMounce.com, and BiblicalTraining.org.
The Mounce NT is an exciting addition to our library; we hope our visitors will find it useful—especially those of you who are Bible students or who are just interested in exploring the New Testament’s original language!