Greek salutions and valedictions ?

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Stephen Hughes
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Greek salutions and valedictions ?

Post by Stephen Hughes » October 12th, 2013, 5:28 am

RandallButh wrote:
Johnathan Robie wrote:I wonder if Christians would greet each other with χάρις ὑμῖν / χάρις σοι rather than χαῖρε / χαῖρετε? I think I will use that when the Living Languages people greet me ...
εὐλογήσαι σε ὁ Κύριος
Ruth 4:2 LXX wrote: καὶ ἰδοὺ Βοος ἦλθεν ἐκ Βαιθλεεμ καὶ εἶπεν τοῖς θερίζουσιν ὁ κύριος μεθ’ ὑμῶν καὶ εἶπον αὐτῷ εὐλογήσαι σε Κύριος
Are people who speak Koine using ὁ Κύριος μεθ’ ὑμῶν / μετά σου as well as the εὐλογήσαι σε / ὑμᾶς ὁ Κύριος?

I have also heard Arabic speaking Christians using ربنا معك (Our Lord = God be with you) when someone is leaving like we say "good-bye". But for greeting either السلام عليكم or السلام لك (Peace be upon you or Peace be to you). I had always assumed those were derivatives from the Hebrew שלום - which shows up untranslated in Greek inscriptions - then going to the Greek with a pronoun then transfered to Arabic.

Does anybody use the untranslated שלום? Is the ὁ Κύριος μεθ’ ὑμῶν / μετά σου or something else used for valedictions?
Γελᾷ δ' ὁ μωρός, κἄν τι μὴ γέλοιον ᾖ
(Menander, Γνῶμαι μονόστιχοι 108)

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