Friday, May 13, 2005

Pentecost Reading in Ivrit 

So, a while ago I volunteered at Canterbury to do the Acts 2 Pentecost reading in Hebrew. Lo, and behold! Pentecost is this Sunday!!! Yikes!!! I pulled up a Hebrew NT on the web, hoping against hope it would be pointed. Thank you, it was! Now I am busy transliterating it so I can actually read it with some confidence instead of in a halting, beginner's voice. If I can make it work, maybe I'll post it to the blog using the Audio Blogger thingy. Y'all have to remember though that my pronunciation will not be perfect - likely it will be a mix between modern hebrew and ancient hebrew. Just a warning, I won't get everything right, so if any of you faithful readers out there are also native Hebrew speakers, forgive my arrogance in the slaughtering of your language.



I chickened out, arranged to read just the Joel quote...

Then I got inspired so I put together the (including Hebrew).

By Blogger Tim, at 10:08 PM  

Wow, Tim - that's is a neat project. I listened to it and felt like it had to be close to the original experience in some ways. Good for you, for putting that together. I hope your project goes well for you!


By Blogger Ryan, at 11:51 PM  

I don't have any particular denominational education, but I have read the Bible a little, and something puzzles me: Acts chapter 2 having been written in Greek, why would you read it on Pentecost in Hebrew?

Just asking...

By Blogger Uncle Pavian, at 12:55 AM  

R E Ramcharan - this is a good question, and I'm glad someone asked. On Pentecost, as you know, the Holy Spirit came down and everyone heard Peter's sermon in their own language (xenoglossia). As a way to commemorate that event, my congregation, as well as many others, have people who can read languages other than the dominant language do the Acts 2 reading in those languages. Since I am familiar with Hebrew, that is the reading I will attempt to pull off today. The other languages being read at my congregation today are spanish, french, russian, and greek. Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by!


By Blogger Ryan, at 9:55 AM  

Even more to R E Ramcharan's point, the people talking to each other -- right before bursting out into different languages -- were speaking Aramaic about scriptures written in Hebrew. Go figure.

By Blogger Jim, at 9:27 AM  

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