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Koine Greek

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'''[[Biblical Koine]]''' refers to the varieties of Koine Greek used in the Bible and its related texts. It is useful in the complete education of an Orthodox christian. Its main sources are:
* the [[Septuagint]];
* the New Testament, compiled originally in Greek (although some books may have had a Hebrew-[[Aramaic ]] substrate and contain some Semitic influence on the language).
The term '''[[Patristic Greek]]''' is sometimes used for the Greek written by the [[Church Fathers]], the early Christian theologians in late antiquity. Christian writers in the earliest time tended to use a simple register of Koiné, relatively close to the spoken language of their time, following the model of the Bible. After the 4th century, when Christianity became the official state religion of the Roman Empire, more learned registers of Koiné influenced by asceticism came also to be used.

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