Saturday, October 05, 2013


The New Testament in Greek

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), "The Education of an Englishman," Atlantic Monthly 138 (1926) 192-198 (at 197):
We had no interest in foreign languages. It was Latin and Greek that we had to know. They were not foreign languages; they were just Latin and Greek; nothing of importance in the way of ideas could be presented in any other way. Thus we read the New Testament in Greek. At school — except in chapel, which did not count — I never heard of any one reading it in English. It would suggest an uncultivated religious state of mind. We were very religious, but with that moderation natural to people who take their religion in Greek.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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