Philemon Zachariou wrote:How should I read and pronounce New Testament Greek? Which pronunciation method taught in Bible colleges and seminaries is the right one? And why are there different ways of pronouncing Greek? Isn’t today’s Greek pronunciation compatible with New Testament Greek?
New Testament Greek textbooks and grammar books typically devote a page or two to some pronunciation key. While different authors often share some of the same examples in their keys, their description of the sounds Greek letters represent often varies. In fact, at times pronunciation keys differ from author to author to the extent that one’s description of a given vowel actually fits the description of a different vowel in another author’s key. This degree of variance in the description of Greek sounds speaks of the need for some uniform approach to reading and pronouncing biblical Greek.
If this sort of questions ever flashed in your mind, you might want to check out this link: http://www.JesusspokeGreek.com.
MAubrey wrote:Listening to your audio and looking at your pdfs of the history of the language, it almost appears as if you are wanting to suggest that there has been no change in the pronunciation of the language since the Classical period. If that's correct, I find that to be a rather outrageous claim without any grounding in the actual historical evidence. The papyri most certainly do *not* demonstrate that the sounds of the language have remained the same from the time of Alexander up until Byzantine times, much less Medieval and Modern Greek!
Also, considering the average lifespan during the Classical period, its also quite unlikely that any of the LXX translators would have been educated while Aristotle was alive--perhaps born, but not being educated.
Philemon Zachariou wrote: It seems, right from the stat, that it would be necessary to post three or four chapters of my book, Reading and Pronouncing Biblical Greek, in their entirety so that readers like you would have a clearer picture of the historical evidence upon which I base all findings. Doing so, however, would be too burdensome for the majority of those who might otherwise be unprepared to read and digest several vital sections of the book, yet would like instant answers.
Philemon Zachariou wrote:Even so, it appears that you missed a vital point I make at the very end of the main excerpt, which reads: “In the light of evidence, no pronunciation method can get closer to the pronunciation of New Testament and classical Greek than the pronunciation of Neohellenic, the Greek of today.” That is what is clearly stated within a blue frame. One reading through the excerpt can’t miss it.
Now, your second comment: “The papyri most certainly do *not* demonstrate that the sounds of the language have remained the same from the time of Alexander up until Byzantine times, much less Medieval and Modern Greek!”
I have extended the main excerpt on my website—though it is still about fifty percent abridged, mind you—to include sections that are vital to an understanding of the papyrical evidence, how it dovetails with the inscriptional record of pre-Hellenistic times, and how it continues through Byzantine times down to the very present. I suggest you read those pages carefully. That should relate as well to the rest of your emphatic claim—i.e., “The papyri most certainly do not …”
Nor had γ becomes palatalized before front vowels yet.
RandallButh wrote:Actually gamma was palatalized before front vowels by the first century.
RandallButh wrote:You can view the summary in
http://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/w ... n_2008.pdf
RandallButh wrote:For fun I recently added a Tiberian synagogue inscription, too. It has some interesting grammar and a one "good" spelling example.
You can leave a comment when you see it.
http://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/l ... -tiberias/
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