[B-greek] Alexamenos Graffito

Gie Vleugels gvleugels at etf.edu
Mon Jan 27 03:15:02 EST 2003


       Dear Rodney,
       The text "ALEXAMENOS SEBETE QEON" should be read as a 3rd person
singular indicative middle (deponent).  Thus SEBETE should be read as
SEBETAI.  "AI" and "E" were pronounced identically, which easily
explains the misspelling.  (As in modern Greek: "KAI" is pronounced
"KE", "NAI" is pronounced "NE").  Greek was probably not the mother
tongue of the mocker, but was the liturgical language of Christians, and
thus part of the mockery.
       Yours,
       
       Gie Vleugels
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Onderwerp: [B-greek] Alexamenos Graffito
       
       For those who might be interested in Greek inscriptions from the
1st C.
       which are relevant to NT studies, I've recently posted a page on
the
       Alexamenos Graffito (including a sketch of it--which contains
Greek text).
       The significance of this graffito is the portrayal (or
caricature) of early
       Christianity by the average 1st-C. Roman.
       
       http://faculty.bbc.edu/rdecker/alex_graffito.htm
       
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       Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA,USA
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