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Matson RE: [Synoptic-L] Re: Sources and languages

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  • Bob Schacht
    ... But don t forget that education can happen in informal contexts, such as the marketplace, and the differences between Koine and classical Greek. Crossan
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      At 10:46 AM 2/24/2012, Matson, Mark (Academic) wrote:
      >...That educated individuals (and of course the question is "how
      >well educated"), the ability to function multi-lingually and
      >especially be able to use Greek in writing would seem not out of the
      >ordinary....

      But don't forget that "education" can happen in informal contexts,
      such as the marketplace, and the differences between Koine and
      classical Greek. Crossan has an interesting chapter in his Birth of
      Christianity where he talks about literacy, and speculates that the
      papyrus copies of NT "books" was done mainly by accountants and
      others in the marketplace who learned Greek as part of their
      on-the-job education.

      Bob Schacht
      Northern Arizona University



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