[B-Greek] For those interested in listening to a Stoic, James and Paul

Randall Buth randallbuth at gmail.com
Sun Apr 23 09:06:50 EDT 2006

We have published a booklet and CD that may be of interest to Greek
students who have finished at least "one year" of ancient Greek (any dialect).

It is a little different from many available helps, so I've asked
permission from the list moderator to give a fuller description. The
following description is from the website.

Epictetus, Two Conversations: "Against the Academics" and "On Familial Love",
Greek-English Diglot, with one audio CD. ISBN 965-7352-07X.
Jerusalem: Biblical Language Center, 2006.
Annotated and recorded by Randall Buth

The CD includes the two dialogues recorded with two voices, plus a
reading of Paul's speech on Mar's Hill (Acts 17:16-34), the NT letter
of James, and the song of Seikilos.

This is an opportunity to listen to extended readings of ancient Greek
with a Koine pronunciation. By listening to these readings, a student
may start to appreciate ancient Greek in a live communication setting.
What was it like to listen to a speech of Paul, or to a Stoic
philosopher in a classroom? Students may also test their
internalization of the language by seeing how well they follow the
readings on the CD.

Students who have completed a first-year course in Greek will want to
work through this booklet and to listen to this CD repeatedly. Two
dialogues of Epictetus, a Stoic philosopher from the frist century,
are presented with facing pages of Greek and English, along with
footnotes for any Greek word that occurs less than ten times in the
Greek New Testament. A brief introduction is provided for Epictetos
and the Seikilos song. A written pronuncation key is provided, along
with notes on the vowels. Parsing and grammar terms are given in Greek
with an appendix listing and explaining the terminology in English.
The texts of Acts 17:16-34 and the letter of James are read on the CD
but are not presented in the booklet in order to reduce size and
costs. Greek texts of the NT and translations are readily available to
students. Students may profitably listen to these texts 50 to 100
times in order to get the material 'inside'.

The price is $15 for the 52 page booklet and audio CD. Shipping from
Israel by registered airmail is $5. Ordering can be done thru the
website by going to www.biblicalulpan.org and clicking "courses"
"greek materials" and following the link on the information about the
Epictetus booklet.

Happy listening to those interested,
Randall Buth

Randall Buth, PhD
ybitan at mscc.huji.ac.il
randallbuth at gmail.com

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