Discover not only how Hellenistic “Koine” ought to be pronounced but also why...

Rigorously investigating the history of Greek orthography and sounds from classical times to the present, the author places linguistic findings on one side of the scale and related events on the other. The result is a balance between the evidence of the historical Greek sounds in Koine and pre-Koine times, and the political events that derailed those sounds as they were being transported through Europe’s Renaissance academia and replaced them with Erasmian.

The book argues for a return to the historical Greek sounds now preserved in Neohellenic (Modern Greek) as a step toward mending the Erasmian dichotomy that rendered post-Koine Greek irrelevant to New Testament Greek studies. The goal is a holistic and diachronic application of the Hellenic language and literature to illume exegetically the Greek text, as the New Testament contains numerous features that have close affinity with Neohellenic and should not be left unexplored.

Wipf and Stock Publishers, June 2020, 7″x10″ 192 pages


"Professors of Koine Greek have too quickly assumed either that the Erasmian pronunciation was historically accurate or that reconstructing the pronunciation of the first century is impossible. Zachariou deftly exposes the groundless nature of both suppositions."

— Dr. Daniel R. Streett

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