I love the simple elegance of 1 John and the Gospel of John. I don't really
*care* if contemporary writers would have judged this to be "good Greek", I
read it out loud and let John's pregnant phrases sink in.
hmmmmm. . . . May I jump into this conversation, at midstream, and
ask what hopefully will be a simple question?
I understand from conversing with my classics buddy at Yale that
Greek as simple as the Greek of John's gospel would still have been
difficult to read by the 'average' person linving, for example, in Ephesus.
This leads me to aks a question that I have been pondering over long and
hard: What do we *know* about the literacy rate in the Greco-Roman world to
be able to say who could or could not read Greek?
PS: when replying, please reply back to me directly since I only
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