On 4/21/2011 12:36 PM, scribbler@...
> As for the changes between ancient / NT Greek and modern Greek, when I was
> an undergraduate, the professor I had for Greek (took a year of it - and
> we were studying NT Greek, it apparently being the easiest access for
> beginning students) said one of the differences is in pronunciation.
> Even though the Greeks might try and claim that there has been no
> significant change in pronunciation in thousands of years, she said it is
> quite obvious. In ancient Greek, sheep quite obviously say "Baa baa." In
> Modern Greek, with the same spelling, sheep say "Vaa vaa."
Correct: the pronunciation changes have also changed the orthography in
the modern "official" language. The entire structure of accents has
changed, as has breathing.
I find I can read modern Greek, to a certain extent. Some of this may be
because my knowledge of Biblical Koine is so bad (no joke).