How are you measuring?Stephen Hughes wrote:Grammars of modern languages sort of assume that people communicate (write and speak) in them.
How long has it been since someone "knew" Koine (or NT) greek and wrote a grammar?
Nobody has spoken Koine as their native language for a long time, and few of us would find it easy to learn Greek from grammars like Thrax's, written around the time of Christ:
http://www.hs-augsburg.de/~harsch/graec ... _tech.html
Though it would be interesting. This is pretty much academic, I think, if we want to do something like this, we use the best sources we can as a starting point. And we need to use sources that are either (1) donated, or (2) old enough to be out of copyright.
We will not violate copyright law, period. That's a given. And if we do something, starting with the best grammars available to us is also a given. Nunn and Smyth have been nominated, Smyth is probably the most used grammar on this forum, and much loved, but too much for a beginner's grammar.Stephen Hughes wrote:Besides the issue of avoiding copyright law, is it generally agreed that Nunn and Smyth had mastered the language or did they just intelligently shuffle someone else's notes?