Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Apostolic Bible Polyglot -- A Greek Bible For the Rest of Us

The Apostolic Bible Polyglot is an interlinear Greek/English Septuagint and New Testament Bible.  I find it to be a useful tool for discovering how the vocabulary of the Greek New Testament was used in the older Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew scriptures.

We can easily find examples of translation discontinuities between the Old and New Testaments of most English Bibles that don't exist in the Greek Bible.  For example, our English word "church" is not found in most English Old Testaments.  However, the Greek word ekklesia (G1577) translated as "church" in the NT is also a common word in the Septuagint OT.  Is the ekklesia (church) of the NT the same as the ekklesia of the OT?  Or is it something new?  The answers to these questions is a topic beyond this one.  The point that I am making here is that the casual English reader is possibly never made aware that these questions even exist.  With the Apostolic Bible Polyglot (ABP) the English reader can easily investigate questions such as these.

The  ABP is laid out in two columns with unaccented Greek as the primary language.  The very-literal English translation is just below each line of Greek text.  An extended "AB-Strong" number is printed above each Greek word.  Greek Old Testament words that don't exist in the New Testament are given new numbers by "alphabetically inserting new numbers delineated by decimal points between the the existing Strong's New Testament Greek words."  A number with a decimal point means that it is an OT word that doesn't exist in the NT.

An English-Greek Index and a very complete, but concise, Lexical Concordance are printed at the back of hardcopy ABP editions. 

PDF downloads of the Apostolic Bible Polyglot, printed editions, and several other Bible resources are available at the publisher's website.


  1. I interviewed the Editor-in-Chief in 2006 and again on March 21, 2010 -- thekingdomcome.com/apostolicbible2010

  2. You can also read and search the Apostolic Bible Polyglot here: http://studybible.info/interlinear/