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 (Listen)

15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


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