[B-Greek] koine to classical (not!)

Matthew Blair mpblair at gmail.com
Tue May 20 12:38:09 EDT 2008

I made the switch earlier this year after working about 3/4 of the way
through Mounce in self-study.  I am now studying Classical via the "Reading
Greek" series for much of the same reasons that Carl and Barry have
provided.  I did want to add on to Carl's point below: I not only wonder how
much can be understood of Greek solely from reading the GNT, but also wonder
how much of that understanding is colored by one's familiarity with current
translations of same?


On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM, Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com> wrote:

> I really wonder how many times one can re-read Hebrews without having
> memorized it and assimilated just about all that it can teach you
> about Greek. On the other hand, I rather think that reading some Plato
> might add to one's appreciation of Hebrews. But the main reason for
> reading classical Greek texts as well as Greek texts that are
> contemporaneous with and later than the GNT is because they are worth
> reading -- I wouldn't recommend them SOLELY for the sake of
> enhancement of competence in reading the GNT, but that constitutes a
> secondary value to reading them, a value of considerable significance.
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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