Re: Q: Pronunciation

From: Kenneth Litwak (
Date: Wed Sep 20 1995 - 17:31:49 EDT

> I have a pretty basic question. I'm still trying to teach myself New Testament
> Greek and was wondering if there is a "standard" for pronunciation. I have
> seen pronunciation listed in a couple of different books, but, obviously, since
> I am asking this question, they were not the same. Can anyone provide me with
> a URL or anonymous ftp site where a "standard" pronunciation is defined/listed?
> Thanks!
> Dennis Burke

   I wouldn't sweat which system of pronunciation you choose. It
probably doesn't correspond with how Greek was pronounced in NT times,
if there was a standard unaffected by geography. In any case, the
pronunciation system we use, which I got from Machen's grammar, comes
ultimately from Erasmus, and he may in fact have been playing a
practical joke on the academic world by presenting a system he knew
not to be correct. Certainly also our pronunciation does not match
modern Greek either, in which, I'm told, one would say "vlepo", not

Ken Litwak
Bezerkley, CA

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