EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): “Greeks are those who share our Culture”, is the famous motto of Isocrates and Prof. Roderick Beaton certainly follows this eternal principle when he traces the Ecumenical nature of the Greek language – one of the three world languages to be spoken and written continuously for over 3,500 years (The other two are the Chinese and Hebrew).  From the Black Sea to Alexandria, from the Hindu Kush mountains in today’s Pakistan to the southern coast of France (in Nice and Marseilles) and Catalonia in Spain, and from Ephesus to classical Athens and Sicily, the geographical expansion of the Greek language is unmatched.  Its influence, through Latin and even directly, on all western languages with tens of thousands of borrowed words/concepts and syntactical structures cannot be measured… The fact that the Bible was written in Greek says it all… And puts Greek cosmopolitanism right at the center of the whole discussion.

A few years ago, a liberal academic challenged me and all of us, suggesting that there is no continuity in the Greek language and culture.  My answer boiled down to this: “When I go to Church service in modern Greece, and I hear 70-year-old ladies with average or little formal education recount whole verses of the Bible (in Alexandrian Greek – the “international language” at Christ’s times) and fully understand them, then you cannot deny continuity… You do not need to look any further.

BELOW IS AN IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION OF THIS WONDERFUL BOOK

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