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From: Ted Brunner <tbrunner@orion.oac.uci.edu>
Subject: Classical Greek
Cc: tbrunner@orion.oac.uci.edu
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I really don't want to belabor a point, but here's just one (of
countless) reasons why an understanding of the New
Testament can be aided by a knowledge of Classical Greek:  if I were a
student of the N.T. (which admittedly I am not), I would most likely
be interested in what later christian writers had to say about that text so
dear to my heart.  Theologians such as Eusebius.  Cyril of Alexandria.
John Chrysostom.  And others in late antiquity, who--though admittedly
writing homilies and other similar compositions in Koine--tried to
approximate what they thought was Attic Greek in many of their
theological treatises.  Was it Wilamowitz who said that "Chrysostom's
language is the most Attic of all"?

Ted Brunner

Theodore F. Brunner, Director
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
University of California
Irvine, CA 92717 USA

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