Greek scholars: which pronunciation convention do you use?

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Puritan Board Graduate
I know it is of secondary importance, but what pronunciation convention do you use when reading the Koine Greek text out loud? How many conventions are there?

I think it might be good to hear the words in your head when you read or study the Greek. This could be aided by reading out loud when you are learning.


Puritanboard Commissioner
Most people use the Erasmian. The so-called "modern" takes some getting used to (in my opinion).

Erasmian Modern
ai - aisle / ei - e in get
ei - freight / ei - i in machine
oi - oil / oi - i in machine
ui - suite / ui - i in machine
au - kraut / au - poverty or off
eu - feud / eu - effort or ev in fever
ou - food / ou - food


Puritan Board Junior
I'm currently using the Revised Imperial Koine by Randall Buth. It has the advantage of making sounds distinct that would have been distinct to a first century speaker, while being pronouncable to an English speaker and recognizable to a Greek speaker (Erasmian isn't).

For an example of how the Revised is distinct, take Romans 5:1, in which there is a text variant. Some say εχομεν and some say εχωμεν. That's because they were both pronounced the same way in the Koine. Erasmian loses things like that by pairing vowel sounds that don't go together and separating ones that do.

PointyHaired Calvinist

Puritan Board Sophomore
I've done personal study of both modern Greek and Biblical Greek, and found this:
1) Erasmian is easier to learn to study due to virtually no redundant letters and a seeming conformity to the Latin
2) Modern pronunciation sounds a LOT nicer spoken (In my humble opinion) and is very close to Koine speech, if I understand it

Doesn't Zodhiates use modern pronunciation in his lexicons? (He's from Greek Cyprus, so it would make sense.)


Puritan Board Freshman
I use modern greek pronunciation... I was originally tutored in Koine greek by a pastor who is Greek, and I never could switch to Erasmian, it just sounds wrong.


Vanilla Westminsterian
Staff member
It is usually whatever you started with. I began (20+ years ago) with Erasmian, and can't stand modern. But then again, I hate ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation also! :)


They're stalling and plotting against me
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So do you pronounce Latin in a more Italian way?
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