This is a request of Accordance to have Greek and Hebrew Training modules that are better than QV's Greek and Hebrew Tutor products and competitive with Logos' new offering.
Logos just came out with Greek and Hebrew Training for their application as a pre-pub and it broke all their pre-pub records. It should be arriving any day. I wonder if Accordance has staff that are experts on the competition's applications and their user's requests?
Competition (healthy that is) and encourage creativity and foster excellence for the users.
Although I have both A and L I prefer A so I am hoping that Greek and Hebrew training will come along.
With all due respect, and with great
appreciation for your desire to learn Greek and Hebrew, I think this is somewhat of an odd request and somewhat odd that Logos offers it.
In a real sense, Accordance does already offer "tutorial" modules of sorts by offering the module versions of Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek
and Ross' Introducing Biblical Hebrew
and then, once one has worked through these grammars, Wallace's Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament
and Waltke and O'Connor's Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax
. For an initial introduction to Greek, it is hard to find an easier grammar to use, whether for a class room or for personal study, than Mounce's grammar. It provides examples and, in the workbook, gets the student into translating phrases and sentences from the NT very quickly. For Hebrew other 1st year grammars could be suggested, but Ross' grammar has been used at numerous seminaries for several years. I would encourage you to work through these memorizing as much as you are reasonably able as you go while including as much inductive reading as you can.
At any rate, I greatly appreciate and encourage your desire to learn the biblical languages.
So I just found the page where Logos explains their training video's. First, expensive
! My second thought is certainly stained by my preference for people to be more independently capable in the languages... The video's appear to train you to learn how to use original language modules without having anything memorized. Which admittedly is possible to do in light of instant parsing or, as in Accordance bible texts keyed with Strong's #'s, to see which english words are translating the given Greek or Hebrew words. Now, these things are very helpful regardless of what level ability a given person is currently at. But keep in mind that interpretation will always suffer when Bible software, regardless of which one, becomes a crutch instead of its proper use as a tool. In those videos they are most certainly encouraging the 'crutch' use of Bible software rather than the 'tool' use... I quote one of their listed advantages, "No rote memorization of vocabulary lists, grammatical forms, or paradigms" (lest you think I'm some old school, idealistic, disgruntled old prof, I'm 27 and am in seminary focusing on Biblical and cognate languages). Now, I must agree that rote memorization of anything is agonizing (I've certainly done my fair share). And I would argue that if, in the process of learning a language, one were to do so solely
by rote memorization without any immediate application in real texts (i.e., reading/translating), then one is destined to failure and frustration. However, I would also argue that if one were to go straight to the text with zero rote memorization, then the end result is quite shallow and leaves the student thinking he/she knows something about the language without any real ability to work through text intelligently. Basically, the student is taught to follow along with someone else's reading of the text. But again, this does not put any tools into the hands of the interpreter (whether pastor, student, or lay person). The interpreter has no skills to be able to evaluate the text on basis of his/her own study.
Frankly, I'm a little surprised that a scholar like Dr. Heiser would advertise a product like this as being for lay people and students. This product seems to cater more towards the microwave 21st century Western culture that demands answers in 30 seconds or less. If the intrinsic value of something (e.g., knowledge of Greek or Hebrew) is not immediately and poignantly apparent, then it is not only not important, it is irrelevant. When this seeps into theological formulation (regardless of tradition), that theology becomes superficial. All of the long standing theological formulations within Christianity (protestant, catholic, or otherwise) have been formed by persons with extensive knowledge and experience in the original languages of the bible.
Now, I do think the Logos videos do provide a valuable help in one way in particular. Logos says that these videos provide a refresher for pastors. I think this is certainly valuable and needed for numerous pastors who want to resurrect their language chops. Pastor's are less likely to experience the adverse effects of this kind of training because they have, from their seminary days, the conceptual framework of the language that needs only to be reminded of what goes where. But even for this, reviewing Mounce's grammar or Ross' can achieve that purpose.
Anyway, my comments are certainly colored by a little language 'snobbery' as well as Accordance 'snobbery' (as described by David Lang's recent blog post), but it is my opinion that Accordance should focus their time on developing new modules rather than language training modules that more-or-less accomplish the same thing as standard published grammars that they have already made available. Sorry if I've been too apologetic!
Not in the same way, but related... Accordance has produced numerous podcast training videos that do not merely train a person on how to use Accordance, but also on how to interact with the Biblical text in ways that every generation prior to this one was unable to do. These videos provide examples of how one can use Accordance in the original language texts and they use some of the basic standard terminology in scholarship thereby teaching inductively how to make the most of Accordance original language modules, whether texts or tools. And these videos are free!