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‘Christian’ Greek
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This term has been applied by some scholars (mainly in Biblical Studies) from about the mid-20th century to describe the use of Greek by Christian writers in the early centuries CE, in the belief that those writers used a distinctive form of Greek, which is sometimes even described as a dialect. Such a view is much contested, and rightly so, for the notion is misconceived linguistically.

1. Hebraists and Purists

The debate about whether …

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G.H.R. Horsley, “‘Christian’ Greek”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000055>
First published online: 2013

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