In Which Christoph Heilig Tells the Truth about Studying Koine

Two weeks ago, Tavis Bohlinger wrote a blogpost in which he encouraged students and scholars of the New Testament to focus on the “common dialect,” ἡ κοινὴ διάλεκτος of the Greek language—that is, the Greek spoken roughly between 300 BCE and 300 CE. In the German-speaking sphere, from which I come, many students of theology still learn “Classical Greek” as it was used between 500 and 300 BCE (well, at least the Attic dialect of that time).

Etc.  I love this kid.  He is, without question, the brightest rising star in New Testament studies.  When he hits his stride later in life he will be known as his generation’s Peter Stuhlmacher or Rudolf Bultmann (not because he’s like them, but because his contributions will equal theirs in importance).

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