Rita Ho wrote:I attended the first lesson of Greek and have read Chapter 1-4 of "Basics of Biblical Greek" written by William D. Mounce. Two questions appeared in my mind:
Welcome to learning Greek. I taught from that book last year, so I've got a copy I can check.
Rita Ho wrote:I1. Sign: What is the meaning of the sign “~”? How does it use?
I'm not exactly sure what you're referring to (a page number would help), but ~ is one of the two common forms for writing a circumflex accent. Mounce's textbook uses the other form (p. 13), so it may be unfamiliar to you. The difference is merely one of appearance. I prefer to the simple curve, not the squiggle ~.
Rita Ho wrote:I2. Pronunciation: How to pronounce Ίσραήλ? “Is ra el” or “Yos ra el”? I am not sure towards the proper sound of ι as the word’s first letter.
The first option is preferable.
Stephen C. Carlson, Ph.D. (Duke)
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala