[b-greek] Re: Questions about "The" Septuagint, Koine, and Attic Greek

From: Steve Puluka (spuluka@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Nov 02 2001 - 19:10:04 EST

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From: "Erik Westwig" <ewestwig@palisade.com>

> 1. Is the Greek of "The" Septuagint of essentially the same dialect of The
> New Testament?

Please note that the LEH lexicon is in two volumes and much smaller than
other resources. I find it valuable but as a supplement for the Bauer or
Liddell & Scott lexicons. There are good statistics and verse usage
examples but it is not "unabridged" so to speak.

In addition to the works already mentioned, Coynbeare's grammer is worth
having, especially with the Hendrickson version index. Here you can look up
by book and verse as you are reading. Often I find constructions that I
don't understand are covered in one of his many sections. He explains the
"translation Greek" oddities well. The book also contains some reading
exercises with vocabulary to get started with.

> 2. How large is the corpus of works we have available that are considered
> be in effectively the same Koine dialect as the New Testament?

Many good examples were already mentioned, which I concur with and won't
repeat. I'll extend the selection to later patristic Greek literature as an
"advanced" lesson. For the truely committed, my scripture professor is fond
of pointing out that most of the patristic greek literature has yet to be
translated at all. This is especially true of their comentaries on the Old

> 3. How different is Koine from Attic Greek? Will it all be Greek to me,
> again?

I took a modern Greek class recently and the instructor was reading the
Septuagint as his current spiritual reading. His edition from Greece
contained the text in a large center column with a running commentary in
modern Greek down the side. The grammar of the language is very different
in modern Greek, but he told me he had little trouble following the gist of
the text and most of his difficulty was with vocabulary. So the leap for
you should be even less.

Steve Puluka
Chair of the Adult Education Committee
Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh

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