Re: Audio Greek Bibles

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Feb 03 2000 - 19:17:52 EST

At 4:38 PM -0600 2/3/00, Jeffrey B. Gibson wrote:
>Grant wrote:
>> B-Greek,
>> I have been searching on the Internet--with no success as of yet--for a
>> web-site that gives a pronunciation of the Greek bible. While the Westcott
>> & Hort's Greek files abound, I am searching for one that give me an AUDIO
>> assistance so as to know if I am correctly pronouncing the words or just
>> butchering them up.
>> Does anyone know of any web-site that has the "pronunciation" of the Greek
>> bible? When I say Greek bible, I mean any of the NT manuscripts--even the
>> LXX. Please send me OFF-line any web-site someone may have found.
>To my knowledge there is no site in which you'll find anyone reading any Greek
>biblical book. But I believe Parson's Greek tutor CD has an audio feature
>in which
>the letters and the diphthongs and each of the words in the vocabulary
>drills are
>pronounced when you hit the right button. But the pronunciation has far
>too much of
>an american twang for my taste, however close the speaker tries to get to

AcCordance has this feature built in for the Macintosh--I don't know
whether the equivalent exists in Gramcord for Windows users--but if you
have enough memory you can select any passage and AcCordance will use the
Mac's text-to-speech feature in the operating system to sound out the
selected text in a standard academic pronunciation--which is probably
pretty close to what Jeffrey speaks of. My own feeling about it however is
that it is CONSISTENT: you will always hear the same vowels and consonants
pronounced the same way, and that gives you aural reinforcement of the text
you see on the book page or computer screen. Without that aural
reinforcement the work of learning a 'dead' language like Greek is perhaps
twice as great as when you have it--so I for one think that something is
gained whenever you have a consistent pronunciation that you can listen
to--and AcCordance does have this power. Perhaps Gramcord has it too.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018
Home: 7222 Colgate Ave./St. Louis, MO 63130/(314) 726-5649

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