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Would you let your students use Accordance for biblical language finals?
Posted 18 August 2016 - 01:21 PM
I agree with what Pete and Michel wrote.
I was looking for a bit I heard, but couldn't find it. I *think* it was from Cyrus Gordon's book A Scholar's Odyssey. At the risk of not remembering this accurately, I'll try to summarize. In an undergraduate course on the Bible he noticed his professor reading from a Bible unlike his. He asked him which translation it was, but the professor showed him that it was the Hebrew Bible -- the fellow was translating it on the fly when he quoted it. Gordon asked him how he could attain such a knowledge. The professor's response was to start reading in Genesis. Skip every word he didn't know and simply continue. So he did that and came back to the professor to ask what he should do next. The professor's response -- do it again.
Funnily enough I'm working through Rod Decker's reader for Greek and the method he uses there is about 5 passes over the text, starting with read it aloud and see what you understand without any assistance.
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