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Koine

 

(1) Common Greek, which arose in the fourth century B.C. on the basis of the Attic dialect of ancient Greek with elements of the Ionian dialect. In the second half of the first millennium A.D., Koine broke up into a number of dialects which became the basis for the modern dialects of Greek.

(2) The language of communication of a group speaking related languages or dialects. As koine the group can use one of the related dialects or languages, a mixed dialect or language, a standardized literary form based on one or several dialects or languages, or an archaic form common to all the dialects or languages. The formation and concrete form of the koine is determined by the historical, geographic, economic, social, and other conditions of the development of the related dialects or languages.

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Where texts are originally in Latin, koine Greek, and Hebrew, I have attempted a literal translation.
Her topics are aspect, aktionsart, and New Testament Greek; approaches to event typology; a corpus approach to Koine Greek event typology; telicity and perfectivity in Koine Greek; and towards an interpretive understanding of aktionsart.
Together with my Turkish and German classmates, I learned that koine Greek meant the Greek that culturally and linguistically diverse peoples had in common in large parts of the ancient world.
Whereas Jerome and Augustine had found no literary merit in the barbarities of the koine Greek of the New Testament, and had concluded that the Holy Spirit had no need of rhetoric, later generations had reversed the argument, and maintained that the simplicity and baldness of the original writings were, on the contrary, evidence of the true sublimity of scriptural style.
It focuses on that form of Koine Greek that appears in the New Testament.
A plus for students whose Koine Greek is rusty is the list of words by case or verb form with the nominative or infinitive listed.
To his credit, M humbly cautions what Greek for the Rest of Us cannot offer and notes aptly that there is no substitute for a thorough introduction of Koine Greek.
The New Testament was originally written in Koine Greek, the street language of the people.
Athas (Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek, Southern Cross College, Sydney) wades into the controversy surrounding three broken pieces of basalt rock with carvings of ancient Semitic writing on them found in northern Israel in 1993 and 1994.
The Koine Greek word kainos often translates the Hebrew word used by the psalmist.
This episode moves from mega-squall to mega-calm to mega-fear, litanylike in the evangelist's Koine Greek.