By Philemon Zachariou, Ph.D.

Question: If Jesus spoke only Aramaic, why should there be so much emphasis placed on the pronunciation of Biblical Greek?

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The booklet JESUS SPOKE GREEK Also

brings to light key linguistic evidence showing that in addition to using Aramaic, Jesus ministered in Greek.

The booklet is shipped FREE with the order of either Vol. I or Vol. II (see below).

 

5.5” x 8.5”  - 21 pages

Q. “If we had evidence that Jesus himself spoke and taught in Greek, wouldn’t every Bible student wish to learn to utter Greek words the way Jesus would have uttered them?”

 

Q. “If we had evidence confirming the way Biblical Greek was pronounced during the time of Christ, wouldn’t our college professors be aware of that evidence and therefore hasten to make immediate application of it?” 

 
From “Questions,“ Vol. I, p. xi (see below)

Q. Isn’t ‘Koine’ Greek the language of the New Testament? If so, how did it sound?

A. ‘Koine’ Κοινή [kini] means “common.” It refers to the ordinary vernacular rather than formal Greek. Aristotle composed his works in highly artistic Attic Greek but communicated with ordinary Athenians in their native Attic vernacular. Whether formal Attic or informal, the two expressions were part of the same Hellenic tongue, their sounds from one phonemic stock. It is chiefly from the Attic vernacular of classical Athens that the “common” Greek of New Testament times evolved—from the vernacular of Alexander and his private tutor, Aristotle. Its sounds were therefore not new or of a new language, but historical; its pronunciation, the Historical Greek Pronunciation (HGP). 

HGP. Below are TWO VIDEOS and TWO BOOKS (Vol. I and Vol. II) designed for the avid learner of Greek who is interested in the… 

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Development of the Historical Greek Pronunciation 

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VIDEO 1

 

This video has the best explanation of spurious diphthongs and why we don’t pronounce iota subscript that I have ever seen. It also does a great job with the historical pronunciation of the rough breather. Then there is the helpful connection between similar types of vowels. … I think this video is very helpful.” —Dr. John Schwandt, Director, Institute of Biblical Greek
“Immense gratitude to you … for the marvelously comprehensive and engaging presentation on  Greek pronunciation, enhanced by the valuable historic introduction. And excellent photography, typography, technology! I learned SO much from it and shall pass it on to our students.” —Dr. Edith Pennoyer Livermore, Loyola University, Chicago

Alphabet, Sounds, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation

 

VIDEO 2 

 

“You have produced a very useful tool for introductory students. It is very clear, detailed, but not to long. Thanks.” —Dr. Bradley McLean, University of Toronto, Canada
“[T]his is a very useful video – indeed this is one I can pass on to students. I particularly liked the fact that you read out a passage at the end. All in all, a very useful resource.” —Dr. Chris Tilling, St. Mellitus College, England
“I watched [this video] several times to make sure I had it down.  I did not like the textbook way of pronouncing, so this was a blessing! I feel like I can read Greek quickly and naturally!” —Alexander Strickland

Vol. I

A concise but comprehensive Reference book on the development of the historical  Greek sounds with special focus on the inscriptional and papyrical evidence of the Κοινή ‘Koine’ Greek pronunciation. In light of that evidence, the second half of the book attempts to explain why Erasmian, rather than the historical Κοινή, is the preferred pronunciation of Greek in most institutions of higher learning outside of Greece, and highlights the severe (and generally unknown) effects that preference has had on Greek learning since the Renaissance. A bonus chapter compares and contrasts the Greek and English phonologies. Click on the title below to view excerpts from the non-technical introductory pages of the book. (VIDEO 1 is based on Vol. I.)

READING AND PRONOUNCING BIBLICAL GREEK (Vol. I)

BK COVER Vol. I (300dpi)“I am glad that you have written this book and I congratulate you. … This sould prove an indispensable textbook for seminaries and colleges teaching NT Greek.” —Dr. Chrys C. Caragounis, Professor Emeritus, Lund University, Sweden
“Dr. Zachariou’s work adds to the strong evidence supporting the unity of the Greek language, in this instance as it pertains to phonology. … His unveiling of some of the forces at work historically and currently in academia to hold on to Erasmus’ theory should lead to self-evaluation, especially for Bible scholars who are slow to recognize the need for and value of change in relation to this topic.” —Rev. Dr. David S. Hasselbrook, Missoula, Montana.
“I Highly recommend Dr. Zachariou’s book, Reading and Pronouncing Biblical Greek. … If you are even mildly interested in the history of the Greek language, read this book.” —Robert E. Smith, La Puente, California

To order Vol. I through AMAZON click  HERE

 

 8.5” x 11” spiral-bound, 117 pages

Vol. II

This Workbook supports the description of the Historical Greek Pronunciation detailed in Vol. I. It can thus also serve as a guide to the Neohellenic phonology. The Workbook and CD may be used as supplementary material in a college course or self-directed study in reading and pronunciation. It includes written exercises, tests, an answer key, and audiovisual drills and reading passages that are also on the CD. The exercises and sound files will prove helpful to those accustomed to other (non-Greek) methods of pronouncing ‘Koine’. (VIDEO 2 is based on Vol. II.)

ORTHOGRAPHY AND PHONETICS WORKBOOK (Vol. II)

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“Dr. Zachariou’s … acoustically pleasing audio files make this book a valuable learning aid both to the beginning Greek student and to the established scholar who would like to switch from Erasmian pronunciation to an accurate Historical Greek Pronunciation.” —Dr. George Gunn, Shasta Bible College and Graduate School, Redding, California
“Your book is helpful and has good exercises. I am very impressed with your very clear and crisp recordings. I really appreciate them.” —Dr. Taylor Williams, Professor of Greek and Hebrew, Texas

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8.5” x 11” spiral-bound, 65 pages (+ 14-page test package), CD 16 files, 1.05 hrs.

MISCELLANEOUS 

view:      THE 24-LETTER GREEK ALPHABET

listen:    THE GREEK ALPHABET

listen:    LORD’S PRAYER  &  John 3.16

chart:    TIMETABLE OF THE GREEK LANGUAGE

A Captivating Biography

An eBook by the same author        

The PROSELYTIZER (2011) — From Asia Minor to Crete, Greece. This book is the record of a man’s deeds, thoughts, and motives as he captured them with his pen first, as a refugee teenager, then as a worldly young man, later as a growing Christian, and finally as a minister of the gospel. This gripping account portrays an energetic young man in quest for meaning in life but who, in utter despair, turns suicidal. Miraculously spared from the “claws of Death,” he seeks God and becomes inwardly transformed. Eager to reach his fellow citizens with the message of Christ, he learns unconditional obedience to God as he witnesses divine intervention during business failures, poverty, war, captivity in a German concentration camp, mass execution, hardship, persecution by religious leaders and the authorities, false accusations of proselytizing with gifts and money, and repeated imprisonment for sharing the gospel. A legacy of faithful Christian service, this true story will touch you, encourage you, and uplift you. Foreword by Everett Stenhouse and Glen D. Cole.
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20 chapters, 290 pages

Book excerpts:

CHAPTER 1   CHAPTER 2   CHAPTER 3   CHAPTER 4   CHAPTER 5   CHAPTER 10

Contact the author at: NTGreek@att.net