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

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Tue May 20 18:23:57 EDT 2008

I would heartily agree with Carl here.  While I am in favor of reading the GNT regularly and repeatedly, without some outside input one will only reinforce the understanding with which one began his reading.  It was only with the discovery of such items as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri that certain usages in the GNT became more comprehensible.  Even in English I find that reading some older works gives greater comprehension of current usage.

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----- Original Message ----
From: Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com>
To: Mark Lightman <lightmanmark at yahoo.com>
Cc: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org; David Pettys <david.pettys at yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 12:18:05 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] koine to classical (not!)


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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