The First Things of the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

Erik DiVietroErik DiVietro, 14 August, 2016
Part of the Only Human series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Only Human series, part 11.

ADD Meanderings:

“Proper pronunciations” can become, well, interesting. Wikipedia deals nicely with the evolution of the C, for which we can blame the Italians, Celts, and the French.

The Catholic Answers forum provides some interesting discussion, roughly: “Cephas is merely the Latinized form of the Greek transliteration Kēphas (Κηφας), which in turn comes from the Aramaic Kêfâ (כיפא). It might be only in English where Cephas is pronounced with a soft C, very much like SEE-fuhs. Kēphas and Kêfâ are pronounced with a K sound in both Greek and Aramaic. Meanwhile, Classical Latin would yield KE-fas, while Ecclesiastical Latin would give its pronunciation as CHE-fas.

Dr. Jessica Love, writing for The American Scholar, has provided a delightful editorial on how we handle nativized, foreignized, or hyperforeignized pronunciations. A discussion on Reddit about this topic immediately became Geekily hilarious.

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1 Corinthians 15:1-11

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. (KJV)

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