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

Bert de Haan dehaanaf at gmail.com
Thu May 22 22:23:36 EDT 2008

  "Barry" <nebarry at verizon.net> Wrote

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 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.
> Amen, brother Carl!  Great literature from any period is its own justification.  Somebody also commented on the connectedness of the language.  I remember when I first saw ANDRES AQHNAIOI in Acts, after having read Plato and Thucydides.  It helped me feel the "matrix" of the ancient world, the continuity that its inhabitants must have felt, in a way nothing else could have...

If you don't mind a pip-squeak piping in:  Even I noticed that I
started to understand some aspects of Koine better after I started
reading Homer.  Even simple things like the use of the article as a
personal pronoun or demonstrative pronoun.

Bert de Haan.

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