greek church tries modern greek
May 21, 2009 11:33am CST
concerned that many greek churchgoers could not understand bible passages read at church services in ancient greek, the archbishop of greece directed that athens churches also use modern greek. the new testament has been read in the original hellenistic koine or common language, a version of greek spoken from the late fourth century bc to fifth century ad explained the newspaper kathimerini. but the arch- bishop was anxious that the young especially do not understand this form of greek and cannot follow services, stated the report. in a pilot program that kathimerini called a major step for a church that clings to its traditions. bible passages were read first in koine greek and then in modern greek. less than a year later, however, the newspaper reported that the church was abandoning this effort that has been made to make new testament readings more accessible. open for discussion!