[b-hebrew] Pronunciation of Hebrew names

Sesamo m. sesamox at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 26 04:10:26 EDT 2007

I like to know the pronunciation (or at least likely pronunciation) of the names of biblical characters.
For instance, for the pronunciation of John it seems it was originally something like Yehokjanan, but by the first century it's been shortened to Yokjanan.
In the case of Simon, did it retain in the first century the gutural stop (ayin), something like Sim-on?
And what was the Hebrew name for Galilee? I've found Galil (Jos 20:7; 1 King 9:11), Gelil (Isa 9:1) and Galilah (2 Kings 15:29). Why this difference? Which would be the pronunciation in the first century?
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