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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.

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“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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About Erik DiVietro: Teaching pastor of Bedford Road Baptist Church, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Check out his blog at
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