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Typewriter Koinonia is something of a meta writing account. I'm looking forward to doing collaborative work with it.

The word koinonia is a Koine Greek word meaning both communication and community, and is used twenty times in the New Testament. I was introduced to the concept of koinia by Mark Safranski, and the concept leaped from my mind when developing the concept for this

The word originated from Koinonos, which is a more applicable
word for what this account is meant to be. Koinonos means roughly
"fellowship," and also occurs many times in the New Testament (which
was written largely in Koine Greek) in some of the Bible's most
powerful passages.

In both the New American Standard (NAS) and Kind James (KJV) versions of the Bible, both words are often translated as "partner," and within the context of certain passages, it indicates closeness around a task or purpose.

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship (Koinonia) one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
-1 John 1:7

"Koinonia refers to the internal character of the church community. It is the solidarity of that community in which a common purpose is strong enough to render all other stratifications among human beings of only secondary importance ... ...Koinonia refers to the character of the church as the embodiment of the reign of God."
-- James Evans, We Have Been Believers, p.136

When Alexander The Great proposed "brotherhood" between the Greeks and the Persians, koinonia was the word he used.

It is also the word directly translated into "communion." The Ecclesiastical meaning is probably clear to many of you, but the lay meaning also carries power.

http:///mt-archives/005695.php"The Koinonia of Blogdom

How I was introduced to the concept of the Koinon.

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