[DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)

Colin Fine colin at fine.me.uk
Thu Jun 10 17:26:04 EDT 2010


A.M. Winslow wrote:
> But of what possible relevance to English is the Hebrew pronunciation?
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> Honestly?  Not a whole lot.  I agree that regular names which are also in English (such as Sarah) should just be pronounced the English way.  It's when you're reading all those more obscure names in the Old Testament that a pronunciation guide comes more in handy.  As a theology student, this comes up rather a lot for me.  I could read "Joshua" and even "Nehemiah" fine, but Achan, Merathaim, Kohathite, and Jahleel (and even Michal) and such are a little trickier, and Shuthelah, Zelophehad, Almon Diblathaim, and Jotbatha are more fun still.  When you have to read them out loud and keep them straight, being able to at least guess at a pronunciation helps.
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I agree absolutely that a pronunciation guide is desirable, because some 
of them aren't obvious; it's just that it has nothing to do with Hebrew.
My great grandfather was Yekhezkel (commonly known as Khatzah) but that 
gives you no clue to how we pronounce Ezekiel.
> ~Anna
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