RE: Pronunciation of Iesous

From: Jim West (
Date: Thu May 20 1999 - 10:29:18 EDT

At 08:54 AM 5/20/99 -0500, you wrote:
>More like EE-YA-SOUS where the double e's signify a long e sound and ya
>signify almost an iota/yod vocalic.
>Jim, are you sure it wouldn't be two vowels? I'd heard that when a word
>begins with Iota, in actual practice it tends to be pronounced like a Y -
>sort of like Yea-soos.

Well the second vowel is short- to be sure, but it is still distinct.

>I think it should be pointed out that it is intended to sound like a Hebrew
>Yod, there not being a corresponding letter in the Greek. It is, in reality,
>a transliteration from Hebrew to Greek. Also, Yacob become Iakwb, etc.

In fact this is important- as Jesus real name was Yeshua, Ye-shu-a.

>It should further be noted that the path of corruption from a Y sound to a J
>sound occurred from a similar transliteration factor from Greek to Latin
>(where an "i" is written like a J) and German (where a J is pronounced as a
>Y) and English (where we screw up everything).

english does indeed have a tendency to muck things up.



Jim West, ThD
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