Koine Greek

The literary men… maintained an artificial literary tradition. The obscure writers… on the other hand, imitated nothing, but simply expressed themselves, without affectation, in the language of the street.

— J. Gresham Machen, New Testament Greek For Beginners

Today’s post-Kerouac world of written expression is strikingly similar to the Koine period of Greek literature. Everyday language is fluid and communicates clearly (and powerfully) despite the fact that it tosses literary traditions to the wind.


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