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What’s a Reverse Interlinear?

One question that arises from time to time is, “What does a reverse interlinear Bible look like?”

A traditional interlinear has the original language as the top line with English words lined up with the original. A reverse interlinear has English as the top line with the original words lined up with the English.

Here are two pages from a booklet Crossway produced last year that illustrate what we’re talking about. Note that these pages don’t represent the final form of the ESV Reverse Interlinear New Testament that’s coming out this fall.

First page of Romans First page of Romans

July 22, 2005 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:03 am | (2) Comments »


  1. ESV English-Greek NT Delayed

    A few months ago, when I learned about the ESV English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament that was slated to be published in October, I was pretty excited.  I thought it would be a very beneficial Bible study tool to add to my library.&nbs…

    Trackback by Godverbs — September 19, 2005 @ 6:17 pm

  2. I just read this post at the ESV blog, and totally want one. I love the concept of interlinear bibles, and a “reverse interlinear” just sounds so cool! Instead of the greek being the main part and transliterating that into english,

    Trackback by I want one! — January 18, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

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