FROM CLASSICAL GREEK TO NEOHELLENIC
The Primary Purpose of this Site is Twofold:
- to present a diachronic view of the historical Greek sounds from Classical Attic to the present, and
- to bring an awareness of the close phonological relationship between Biblical Greek (‘Koine’) and Neohellenic (‘Modern’ Greek)
RELATED WEBSITE: http://www.Jesusspokegreek.com
ATTIC EPIGRAPHS SPEAK (EXCERPT, Vol. I)
ON SIDNEY ALLEN’S TREATMENT OF ATTIC ΦΘΧ, ΠΤΚ (EXCERPT, Vol. I)
ON SIDNEY ALLEN’S TREATMENT OF ATTIC ASPIRATE H[h] (EXCERPT, Vol. I)
Here are THREE BOOKS ( Vol. I, Vol. II, Vol. III ) and TWO VIDEOS designed for the avid learner of Greek and the professional who wishes to explore the Historical Greek Pronunciation (HGP):
READING AND PRONOUNCING BIBLICAL GREEK (Vol. I) (EXCERPT, Vol. I)
ENDORSEMENTS – What other professionals and peers say… (EXCERPT, Vol. I)
A concise yet detailed Reference book on the development of the historical Greek sounds with special focus on 5th century BC pre-Eucleidean Attic letters and sounds and the inscriptional and papyrical evidence of the Κοινή ‘Koine’ Greek pronunciation. In light of that evidence, the second half of the book explains 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, while the Appendices analyze sample inscriptions of Attic decrees. (VIDEO 1 is based on Vol. I.)
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This Workbook supports the description of the Historical Greek Pronunciation detailed in Vol. I. It can thus serve as a guide to the Neohellenic phonology as well. 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.)
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To order Vol. II through PAYPAL, forward $27.00 to NTGreek@att.net (free shipment). Outside of USA PAYPAL buyers: Please add $16.00 for part of the shipment cost. 8.5” x 11” spiral-bound, 79 pages, CD 16 files, 1.05 hrs.
“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
A new addition to our Biblical Greek series, Grammar Essentials is faithful to its title: it is not an all-encompassing, exhaustive grammar book. Written primarily for the high-beginning/intermediate student, it can benefit as well the advanced seminarian and be used as a resource by the professional. An all-in-one grammar book, pronunciation guide, and workbook featuring phonetically transliterated exercises, grammatical aspect, and translational insights, Grammar Essentials is a collection of practical Greek lessons I have shared with learners of Greek over many years.
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VIDEO 1 Development of the Historical Greek Pronunciation
“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
VIDEO 2 Alphabet, Sounds, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation
“You have produced a very useful tool for introductory students. It is very clear, detailed, but not too 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
A brief historical, linguistic, and scriptural evidence
that Jesus conversed and ministered in the Hellenic tongue
A Captivating Bibliography
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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Philemon “Phil” Zachariou graduated from high school in Greece and from a Bible school in England, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in applied linguistics and a Ph.D. in religious education. Retired, he writes and teaches Greek and English. During most of his career as an educator and public school administrator he taught, among other college subjects, Greek at California State University, the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Adult Education, and Capital Bible College. He currently teaches at Northwest University.