[b-hebrew] What language?

Yohanan bin-Dawidh yohanan.bin.dawidh at gmail.com
Sat Apr 14 16:22:51 EDT 2007

Dear Harold,

Note that this cited text from Wikipedia refers to Koine Greek as
Alexandrian, Hellenistic, Common or New Testament, and states that it is the
Greek dialect that arose within the Meditteranean, i.e. mainly Semitic
lands, where Semitic language was spoken, and thus a dialect of
Greek/Semitic language arose. This reminds of the perversions of Yiddish and
Ladino that my people speak, which are dialects of Hebrew mixed with other
languages.  It is likewise reported that Koine while taking from Semitic
languages also carries Latin variants within. Basically, it is trash talk,
as testified to by those who spokeAttic Greek.

Yohanan bin-Dawidh

On 4/14/07, Harold Holmyard <hholmyard3 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Yohanan bin-Dawidh wrote:
> > Shoshanna,
> >
> > I would agree with Gary here, except for the idea that it was the lingua
> > franca of the day, for outside of the NT there is no evidence of such
> per
> > se. Actually, most honest Greek speakers would tell you that Koine is
> trash
> > talk, gutter language, i.e. not good Greek, and the reason why is that
> it is
> > as if a bunch of people who did not speak Greek took a dictionary, and
> tried
> > to translate from their language into Greek without knowing the language
> to
> > which were translating.
> >
> HH: You should have stuck with simply agreeing with Gary. Here's some
> information about Koine Greek:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koine_Greek
> Koine Greek (Κοινὴ Ἑλληνική, "common Greek", or ἡ κοινὴ διάλεκτος, "the
> common dialect") is the popular form of Greek that emerged in
> post-classical antiquity (c.300 BC – AD 300), and marks the third period
> in the history of the Greek language. Other names are Alexandrian,
> Hellenistic, Common, or New Testament Greek. Koine Greek is important
> not only to the history of the Greeks for being their first common
> dialect and main ancestor of Demotic Greek, but it is also significant
> for its impact on Western Civilization as a lingua franca for the
> Mediterranean. Koine also was the original language of the New Testament
> of the Christian Bible as well as the medium for the teaching and
> spreading of Christianity. Koine Greek was unofficially a first or
> second language in the Roman Empire.
> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard
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