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cthomas

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 02 Nov 2006 :  19:11:03  


I have just started taking a New Testament Greek class. And while learning the Alphabet I see there is no J. So how do they get the letter J in the name of John in the Greek New Testament as in Mark 1:4?


 

George

Greece
615 Posts

Posted - 03 Nov 2006 :  13:05:27  

 

The name “John” is a translation, not the original. The Greek for John is Ioannes, which doesn’t have a J but an I. For the (rare) sound of J, usually appearing in words imported in Greek from other languages, the combination of T and Z is used.

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cthomas

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2006 :  07:00:45  

 

[?] I don't understand what you meant by "the combination of T and Z is used" Does it make sound different? Would you elaborate some on this?

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George

Greece
615 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2006 :  12:31:28  

 

To pronounce the English "John" in Greek we would write Τζών, and there is no other way of transliterating it.

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