Review and Analysis of Greek New Testament Audio Recordings (rated)

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This page is still being created and is still partial in its information. Some ratings may only be based on hearing several passages and may not be representative of all recordings.

If anyone knows of any other free or for-purchase recordings of the Greek New Testament, please send in an email, and I will add it to the list. See below for more details on what to submit.

So you want to include listening to some Greek into your studies. Great! The more avenues you can add to learning Greek, the better. So what is the best audio recording of the New Testament? Are they mostly the same? Are they free? Which is best for you? It depends on several things: (1) what Greek text/version of the NT you are reading and more important, (2) how do you want to pronounce Greek and how SHOULD you pronounce Koine Greek.

There are several different systems of pronunciation that are used in classrooms, and consequently, there are recordings of the GNT using the different systems. For a good overview on the different pronunciation systems, see the BiblicalGreek.org web page "Guide to Greek Pronunciation Conventions". 1) The artificial Erasmian (> Erasmus) system is the most popular and is widely taught in academia. There are even dialects of Erasmian.  Two other pronunciation systems are in vogue for the New Testament, 2) Modern Greek pronunciation and 3) a restored historically correct "Imperial Koine" as pronounced in the Roman empire during the period from 200 B.C. to 200 A.D. (The restored Attic pronunciation scheme is not listed here.)

Since biblical Greek is a reconstructed language (i.e. we have no living native speaker), the pronunciation of the various modern speakers/authors is often inconsistent in regard to accents and pronunciation of certain vowels. Also, some authors/speakers use their own 'special pronunciation'. Unfortunately, most recordings are incorrect especially in regard to the placement of accent.

The various recordings have been analyzed for a number of elements in regard to both pronunciation and presentation. A description of the rating elements can be found below. The world is still looking for the next Koine James Earl Jones - any volunteers?

 

Available New Testament Audio Files

  1. Marilyn Phemister* (Westcott-Hort)
  2. David Field (1904 BFBS -British Foreign Bible Society- edition)
  3. John Simon* (Westcott-Hort)
  4. Spiros Zodhiates* (Nestle/Aland 26)
  5. Jonathan Pennington (UBS - United Bible Society - 4th Edition)
  6. Randall Buth (Westcott-Hort)
  7. Louis Tyler (Robinson-Pierpoint Majority Text*, Westcott-Hort*, Scrivener's Textus Receptus)
  8. Maurice Robinson (Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform)
  9. Gleason Archer (UBS - United Bible Society - 4th Edition)
  10. John Schwandt* (Nestle-Aland 27) Logos software add-in
  11. John Schwandt* Hendrickson Publishers, 2010
  12. Pella Ikonomaki (on LibriVox (Stephanus; Patriarchal Edition of 1904)
  13. Vasilios Vellas 1967 Vellas Edition (Modern Greek)
  14. Louis Sorenson (yours truly :>) Rahlfs;Westcott-Hort) in Living Koine
  15. Vasile Stancu (USB 3/4 or Nestle-Aland 26/27)
  16. Norman 'Romanós' Gorny (USB 3/4 or Nestle-Aland 26/27)
  17. Didier Fontaine (UBS 3/4)
  18. The Gospels in Greek* (This contains the whole NT other than Collosians) The Patriarchal (Antoniades) text - 1904
  19. YTVideoJudge (Vasilios Lazarou?) Bambas Modern Greek Version
  20. Apostolos Vavilis* (Brother Raphael) Greek Bible Society. The Patriarchal (Antoniades) text - 1904 and Demotic
  21. Analogion: Mount Athos, the monastery of Vatopedi, The Patriarchal (Antoniades) text - 1904
  22. John Baltatzis* http://www.zontanonero.gr/ Bambas Modern Greek version

*Entire Greek New Testament

 

Rating Elements

Description

Presentation

Pronunciation

Content

?= this reviewer is unsure or has not verified the item in question


 

Marilyn Phemister

Presentation

  • Gender: Female
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: medium
  • *Phrasing - poor
  • *Inflection - monotone
  • *Punctuation pauses: yes
  • *Flow: stilted
  • *Voice tones: harsh
  • *Enunciation: clear - each word is clear and distinct
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow: Each mp3 is of a separate chapter. Book name and chapter number are spoken in English at beginning of each mp3 file.

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Erasmian
  • *Vowel Consistency: ?
  • *Consonant Consistency: ?
  • *Accents correct: ?
  • *Idiosyncrasies: ?

Content

  • Greek Text: Westcott-Hort
  • New Testament: Entire New Testament
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): none
  • Other Religious texts: none
  • Secular texts:none
  • Other texts:none

Reviews:

The Greek is a little stilted and tones sometimes harsh to listen to (imoho); regardless, some still like the clarity of these recordings. Marylin made these recordings for herself in case her eyesight failed. This (as far as I can tell) was the first complete audio recording of the Greek NT Testament. All owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to her for leading the way. Since her recordings were made, many more have come online either as free or for-purchase.

Note: I believe this was the first widely available audio of the GNT on the web. It was originally hosted on the CCEL website and is now available on InternetArchive.org and Kovac.cc. Marylin passed away in January 2012. You can read her bio at http://kovacs.cc/Bible/GNT_Phemister/.

 

David Field

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: British
  • *Speed: medium
  • *Phrasing - excellent
  • *Inflection - good, reads with meaning
  • *Punctuation pauses: yes
  • *Flow: smooth
  • *Voice tones: pleasant, full bodied and clear
  • *Enunciation: excellent
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow (audio markers given to help the reader follow along with the printed text): ?

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Erasmian
  • *Vowel Consistency: inconsistent
  • *Consonant Consistency: inconsistent
  • *Accents correct: most times
  • *Idiosyncrasies: pronounces eta as ae

Content

  • Greek Text: 1904 BFBS (British Foreign Bible Society) edition
  • New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Romans, Colossians, 1 John
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): none
  • Other Religious texts: none
  • Secular texts:none
  • Other texts:none

Reviews

None

 

John Simon

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: quick
  • *Phrasing - excellent
  • *Inflection - good - the meaning comes through
  • *Punctuation pauses: correct
  • *Flow: excellent
  • *Voice tones: smooth
  • *Enunciation: clear and fast
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow (audio markers given to help the reader follow along with the printed text): ?

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern, but modified to more correctly imitate 1st century pronunciation.
  • *Vowel Consistency: ?
  • *Consonant Consistency: ?
  • *Accents correct: ?
  • *Idiosyncrasies: Not exactly similar to Modern Greek pronunciation, although modern Greek pronunciation is the starting point of J. Simon's consistent, methodological and peculiar pronunciation scheme. J. Simon has purposefully modified some of the modern pronunciations with the intent of creating a system that he perceives is more closely aligned with the spoken Greek of the New Testament world.

Content

  • Greek Text: Westcott-Hort
  • New Testament: Entire New Testament (recorded from 1999-2008)
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): none
  • Other Religious texts: none
  • Secular texts:none
  • Other texts:none

Reviews

Spiros Zodhiates

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Greek (Cyprian), American
  • *Speed: medium slow (each word separate)
  • *Phrasing - excellent
  • *Inflection - good
  • *Punctuation pauses: correct
  • *Flow - ok, (the slower speed affects the smoothness)
  • *Voice tones: older male voice, light, clear
  • *Enunciation: good
  • *Recording Quality: good (some background noise)
  • *Ease to follow (audio markers given to help the reader follow along with the printed text): ?

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: consistent
  • *Consonant Consistency: consistent
  • *Accents correct: always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: none

Content

  • Greek Text: Nestle/Aland 26
  • New Testament: Entire New Testament
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): none
  • Other Religious texts: none
  • Secular texts:none
  • Other texts:none

Reviews

None

 

Jonathan Pennington

Presentation

  • Gender: male, 40's
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: medium slow
  • *Phrasing - excellent
  • *Inflection - good
  • *Punctuation pauses: correct
  • *Flow - ok
  • Voice tones: medium bodied, clear
  • *Enunciation: good
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow (audio markers given to help the reader follow along with the printed text): ?

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Erasmian
  • *Vowel Consistency: sometimes inconsistent
  • *Consonant Consistency: consistent
  • *Accents correct: not always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: none

Content

  • Greek Text: UBS4
  • New Testament: 1st John, Sermon on the Mount, all passages in Mounce's Graded Reader
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): none
  • Other Religious texts: none
  • Secular texts:none
  • Other texts:none

Reviews

None

 

Randall Buth

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: US-English, multilingual
  • *Speed: quick and lively (conversational)
  • *Phrasing - excellent
  • *Inflection - varied
  • Dramatization: where appropriate (e.g. John 11, 19, 20, 21) to simulate distance or distress.
  • *Punctuation pauses: Yes
  • *Flow: Excellent
  • *Voice tones: Medium bodied
  • *Enunciation: Clear
  • *Recording Quality: Excellent
  • *Ease to follow: Chapter headings are read aloud.

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Living Koine (restored 200 B.C. - 200 A.D.) - also called "Restored Koine" or "Imperial Koine." See Appendix Gamma: Koine Pronunciation.
  • *Vowel Consistency: excellent
  • *Consonant Consistency: excellent
  • *Accents correct: always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: none

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Westcott-Hort (James from Alexandrian Consensus Texts=UBS4)
  • Included New Testament Texts : Paul's speech on Mars' Hill (Acts 17:16-34), James,
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): Some
  • Other Religious texts: Didache
  • Secular texts: Epictetus two dialogues Against the Academics and On Familial Love, the Song of Seikilos.
  • Other texts: some Josephus,
  • ASKHSEIS 'drills' are available for some of the materials like James, 1 John, Epictetus, and Acts 17. These are recordings that have been broken into phrases and clauses with spaces for repetition or thinking.

*The introductory grammar called "Lining Koiné Greek" by Dr. Buth contains several selections in Part 2a and Part 2b. (The entire grammar contains over 15 hours of audio). Some Aesop, LXX, Didache, and Josephus are recorded for the sxolé students. Content is continually being added to the passages listed above.

Reviews

This is my favorite of all recordings of the New Testament in Greek. Buth reads with meaning and emotion. While his voice is not as deep-bodied as a James Earl-Jones, his pronunciation is clear and easy to follow. He took a great deal of time ensuring accents are correct. The pronunciation is similar to modern Greek, with the exception of a couple of vowels and diphthongs. John is very enjoyable.

 

Louis Tyler

3 Different Texts: Westcott-Hort, Robinson-Pierpont (Byzantine Majority Text) and Scrivener's Textus Receptus

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed:
  • *Phrasing -
  • *Inflection -
  • Dramatization:
  • *Punctuation pauses:
  • *Flow:
  • *Voice tones:
  • *Enunciation:
  • *Recording Quality:
  • *Ease to follow: ?

Pronunciation

  • *System followed:
  • *Vowel Consistency:
  • *Consonant Consistency:
  • *Accents correct:
  • *Idiosyncrasies:

Content

  • Greek NT Text:
    1. F. H. A. Scrivener's 1894 and 1902 edition of the Textus Receptus
    2. Westcott-Hort
    3. Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Majority Text
  • New Testament: Robinson-Pierpont (Entire NT); Westcott-Hort (Entire NT); Textus Receptus (Matthew-Mark in progress 2009-2011?)
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha):
  • Other Religious texts:
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note: Louis Tyler and Maurice Robinson are the only recordings I am aware of the Byzantine Majority text. Tyler's is the only audio of the Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus (September 2009) is in the early stages of a several year project (Matthew-Mark currently exist).

Reviews

None

 

 Maurice Robinson

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: slow and easy
  • *Phrasing - Breaks occur between clauses. Prepositions phrased together with their objects. Articles read together with their noun groups.
  • *Inflection - Ok, the slowness of the reading makes inflexion harder.
  • Dramatization: no
  • *Punctuation pauses: always
  • *Flow: Methodical - The listener never feels rushed.
  • *Voice tones: medium-warm.
  • *Enunciation: Excellent - one of the best
  • *Recording Quality: Clear, no background noses or static, but one can hear pages turn.
  • *Ease to follow: spoken chapter flag. (only based on 1 book).

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: American Erasmian
  • *Vowel Consistency: always
  • *Consonant Consistency: always
  • *Accents correct: 95%. The stress accent on some words does not always match the accent mark.
  • *Idiosyncrasies: none

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Majority Text of which he is the editor. The Robinson/Pierpont Byzantine text can be downloaded from http://www.bingo-ev.de/~ps2866/Byz/RP_2005.pdf )
  • Included New Testament Texts: Entire New Testament
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha):
  • Other Religious texts:
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:

Reviews:

None

 Gleason Archer

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: medium-fast / conversational
  • *Phrasing - Very good.
  • *Inflection - Yes - more than most others
  • Dramatization: Mild
  • *Punctuation pauses: Always
  • *Flow: A little stilted, occasional unexpected pauses (to take a breath?)
  • *Voice tones: Clear, light (the voice of an older man)
  • *Enunciation: Clear, some vowels occasionally cloudy
  • *Recording Quality: Recorded on tape, not digitally(?). Some editing errors
  • Accuracy to text: Occasional misreads and omissions: e.g. Mt 5:26 omitted ἤμην λέγω ὑμῖν; Mt 5:46 ἔ[ρ]χετε instead of ἔχετε κτλ.
  • *Ease to follow: Chapter headings clearly flag a new chapter

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Academic US-Erasmian. β = [b], γ = [g], δ = [d] (hard); θ=[θ], φ = [f]; χ = [x] soft.
  • *Vowel Consistency: Almost always. Some vowels are cloudy.
  • *Consonant Consistency: Always
  • *Accents correct: Most of the time.
  • *Idiosyncrasies:

Content

  • Greek NT Text: UBS 4th Edition
  • Included New Testament Texts: 6 different books of the New Testament only (still trying to find out which ones) Matthew, John, Romans
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): no
  • Other Religious texts: no
  • Secular texts: no
  • Other texts: no

Reviews

  • Archer's voice is warm and full-bodied.

  • "One of the very best tools for learning Greek is Dr. Gleason Archer's Greek Master by Heaven Word. I have spent many happy hours listening to his rendition of Matthew, John, and Romans. Listening, I have found, is the best way to learn any language. His pronunciation is exactly like mine, except that I trill my Rhos, and deaspirate my stops. His oral rendering of the Greek accents is precise. He carefully connects the proclitics and enclitics with the words to which they are to be pronounced. I developed my system of pronunciation years before listening to Dr. Archer's, but it is very gratifying to learn that a highly respected Greek scholar has adopted for his personal reading of the Greek text a nearly identical method"  (Don Potter)
  • In general, it’s a fairly good read, but not my cup of tea. The pace is good, but a little jerky. It is easier to clean up mistakes with digital equipment rather than tape, but mistakes can get in everywhere and anywhere for everyone. RB

 

 John Schwandt: Greek Audio Bible (Logos Software)

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: moderate
  • *Phrasing - good
  • *Inflection - somewhat monotone
  • Dramatization: none
  • *Punctuation pauses: yes
  • *Flow: ok, a little stilted possibly due to software (the ends of the words seem abrupt)
  • *Voice tones: light, warm-bodied
  • *Enunciation: clear
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow: Very (Logos has software which points to the word in the running text as the audio is being spoken).

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Erasmian, but with hints of some modern vowel sounds (I will update this critique).
  • *Vowel Consistency: always
  • *Consonant Consistency: always
  • *Accents correct: always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: Occasionally χ will sound like [χ], υ like [y]. As with every large recording, individual vowels in certain words have different shades of color. Schwandt is very consistent throughout.

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Nestle-Aland 27th Edition (=UBS4 text)
  • Included New Testament Texts: Entire New Testament
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): None
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts: None
  • Other texts:None

Reviews

This is the only audio in Erasmian pronunciation for the complete Nestle-Aland 26/27 and UBS3/4 NT texts. (Most likely this is because of the fact that no one wants to invest any time into recording a text which the German Bible Society would attempt to regulate). It now exists outside of the Logos software as a stand-alone product (See below).

After listening to about 25 minutes of the audio (thanks to Logos for providing the demo), I find Schwandt's reading rather stiff and not semantically endowed - i.e. imoho, he does not read the passages I have heard with a lot of inflexion or emphasis in regard to meaning - to me it seems rather sterile. He uses inflexion, but the sentences are often monotone throughout.

Part of the issue with Schwandt's stiltedness may be due to the software and the pointer interaction causing audio delays. The pointer which moves above the text is 1/2 second behind, causing the eyes to trail the sound rather than lead to the next sound.

Schwandt's pronunciation is very consistent (there are occasional vowel misreads έ = η (e.g. Heb. 4.1. ὑστερηκέναι.) and occasional vowel colorings of = [i]. But His accents are always correct. Overall, it is a good recording for to accompany those reading a text online. The pointer which points to the word as it is read will be helpful to many.

Logos should change two elements to make this audio more valuable. When reading foreign texts, it takes the mind a half-second to read the word. Currently, the pointer lags behind the audio by a 1/4 second. That means the next word is being read while the pointer is still on the previous word. It would also be great to be able to slow down the audio to whatever pace a reader would feel comfortable. (LLS)

John Schwandt: Greek Audio Bible (Hendrickson Publishers)

  • Author: Hendrickson Publishers 2010
  • Speaker: John D. Schwandt, a Senior Fellow of Classical Languages at New St. Andrews College, where he currently teaches Greek and has also taught Latin and Hebrew. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho, and earned his Master of Arts from Westminster Theological Seminary in California. He regularly travels to Greece to work on fluency in Modern Greek. He is currently a D.Min. candidate in Bible Translation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary ( 2013).
  • Organization: Hendrickson Publishers
  • Sample/Demo: Matthew 1.1-19 http://www.christianbook.com/greek-new-testament-audio-on/9781598566321/pd/566321
  • Format: DVD mp3.
  • Availability/Internet: Buy DVD from bookseller.
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Internet Links:
  • ISBN-10: 1598566326 ISBN-13: 978-1598566321

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: moderate
  • *Phrasing - good
  • *Inflection - somewhat monotone
  • Dramatization: none
  • *Punctuation pauses: yes
  • *Flow: OK
  • *Voice tones: light, warm-bodied
  • *Enunciation: clear
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow:Listener can choose to listen by chapter or pericope; Includes an interactive PDF for easy navigation;

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Erasmian, but with hints of some modern vowel sounds (I will update this critique). αι = ay; οι = oi; ει = ay; ο = α
  • *Vowel Consistency: always
  • *Consonant Consistency: always
  • *Accents correct: always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: Occasionally χ will sound like [χ], υ like [y]. As with every large recording, individual vowels in certain words have different shades of color. Schwandt is very consistent throughout.

Content

  • Greek NT Text: UBS4 text
  • Included New Testament Texts: Entire New Testament
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): None
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts: None
  • Other texts:None

Reviews

The DVD eliminates the pauses that were present in the Logos version (see above). The reading is a good technical and smooth Erasmian pronunciation. What I was able to listen to of Matthew 1, still lacks the emotional content to make a connection with the listener.

Pella Ikonomaki

  • Author - Pella Ikonomaki (the Libravox Reader is Pella)
  • Speaker Name: Pella Ikonomaki
  • Organization - LibriVox Contributor
  • Sample/Demo - http://librivox.org/to-euaggelio-tou-matthaiou-pe-puy-1003/
  • Format: mp3
  • Availability/Internet: Free download from LibriVox Catalogue Name: PeaceUntoYou
  • Internet Links: https://catalog.librivox.org/people_public.php?peopleid=2754
  • ISBN 10 & ISBN 13

    Presentation

  • Gender: Female
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Native speaker of Modern Greece
  • *Speed: medium
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: exellent
  • *Inflection - monotone, varied, (especially in dialogue)
  • *Punctuation pauses: Always
  • *Flow: easy, not rushed
  • *Voice tones: clear, light, sing-songy
  • *Enunciation: clear
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow: audio markers given to help the reader follow along with the printed text: Chapter title read at beginning of chapter

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: Always (a native speaker)
  • *Consonant Consistency: Always
  • *Accents correct: Always
  • *Idiosyncrasies:

Content

  • Greek Text: Stephanus 1550 (James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Matthew 1-8) Patriarchal Edition of 1904 (Greek Orthodox text) (Matthew 1-28)
  • New Testament Texts: Matthew (2 versions); Gospel of John (in progress); Collosians; James; 1,2 Peter
  • Septuagint texts:
  • Other Religious texts:
  • Secular writings:
  • Other writings:

Vasilios Vellas

  • Author - Vasilios Vellas
  • Speaker Name: Vasilios Vellas (?)
  • Organization - FaithComesByHearing.com
  • Sample/Demo -
  • Format: mp3
  • Availability/Internet: Free download from faithcomesbyhearing.com; Can purchase CD-rom
  • Internet Links: http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/store/languageconfig (Select Greek for the Language)
  • ISBN 10 & ISBN 13

    Presentation

  • Gender: Male (mid-aged)
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Native speaker of Modern Greece
  • *Speed: fast (slows down after the geneologies)
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: exellent
  • *Inflection - a little monotone
  • *Punctuation pauses: Always
  • *Flow: quick, with breaks where needed
  • *Voice tones: a little cloudy, darker and full bodied
  • *Enunciation: clear
  • *Recording Quality: good
  • *Ease to follow: Chapter title read at beginning of chapter

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: Always (a native speaker)
  • *Consonant Consistency: Always
  • *Accents correct: Always
  • *Idiosyncrasies:

Content

  • Greek Text: 1967 Vellas (a version of Katharevousa - modern restored Attic (?)) not the same as the 1850 Vambas (Bambas) edition. The 1967 Vellas text is hard to find.
  • New Testament Texts: Entire New Testament
  • Septuagint texts:
  • Other Religious texts:
  • Secular writings:
  • Other writings:

Review:

 Here is what I got: I am listening to the Vellas' Audio Greek NT as I write; 
Vellas' text seems to be his own slight revision of the Byzantine Greek
Orthodox texts in vogue; he uses the movable nu, or should we coin it
removable nu, in the verbs, as in εγεννησε(ν) EGENNHSE(N), he inserts the
article before each personal name, and so forth; his reading slows down
after the geneaology; he is the only reader throughout; I use to follow him
with the two Orthodox editions that I have, one the older version, the other
the new; his reading is more consistent with the older; the tape set
consists of 18 cassettes, with the Greek titles and books written on one
side and the English on the the reverse; "The New Testament, Translation by
V. Vellas © United Bible Societies 1967 Distributed by Greek Archdiocese of
North and South America. The internet did not help much; Google register
the "Greek Modern Revised New Testament", Athenai (Athens) 1967... Michael J Miles

 

Louis Sorenson

Presentation

  • Gender: male
  • Age of Speaker: 50's
  • Native Accent of Speaker: American
  • *Speed: moderate
  • *Phrasing - excellent
  • *Inflection - varied tones and warmth; emotions, questions, etc. highlighted
  • Dramatization: where appropriate
  • *Punctuation pauses: yes
  • Flow: good, smooth
  • *Voice tones: light, warm-bodied
  • *Enunciation: clear, some vowel cloudiness
  • *Recording Quality: some background noise; some editing inserts which are noticeable.
  • *Ease to follow: Chapter book name and chapter read (in Greek) at beginning of each mp3. Each mp3 is a chapter. Starting with Mark 7, the Kefalia (Titles) of the UBS4 or Alands Synopsis are included at the start of each section, along with a soft beep. The Greek sections are also available as separate downloads instead of a single mp3 for the entire chapter.

 

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Living Koine = Imperial Koine
  • *Vowel Consistency: οι υ as [y] or [i], otherwise consistent
  • *Consonant Consistency: occasional hard [b], [g] [d] for soft; occasional mild aspiration of τ κ π.
  • *Accents correct: 99%
  • *Idiosyncrasies: Sometimes a midwestern/Norwegian drawl can be noted "Don't cha knauw".

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Westcott-Hort (1881)
  • Septuagint Text: Rahlfs (1935)
  • Included New Testament Texts: Gospel of Mark (in process)
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): Some Favorite Psalms: 1, 8, 18(19), 21(22), 22(23), 23(24), 26(27), 31(32), 33(34), 50(51).
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts: Epictetus' Enchiridion (in process)
  • Other texts:Boyce's "Let's Read Greek Stories"

Vasile Stancu

Presentation

  • Gender: Male (mid-aged)
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Native speaker of Romania
  • *Speed: slow conversational (also has a very slow-speed learning audio)
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: exellent
  • *Inflection - wonderful, one of the best
  • *Punctuation pauses: Always
  • *Flow: quick, with breaks where needed
  • *Voice tones: One of the most interesting, full-bodied and dark, a little gutteral at times (intentionally so)
  • *Enunciation: clear
  • *Recording Quality: good
  • *Ease to follow: Two formats provided. One with a daily reading of several verses. The other as a single file for all of 1 John - or by chapter (The individual chapters have no heading in either English or Greek). Some of the embedded pdf audio files don't always link correctly.

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: A form of Erasmian with some non-Erasmian sounds. The author explains his pronunciation system in a pdf file. An explanation of the author's view of the pitch accent in ancient Greek (pdf) along with the following comments below:

  • I feel I should make some additional comments on the accent of the 'reader', i.e., myself, as I know you make an assessment of the reader from that standpoint. Of course, my mother tongue is Romanian, but when I read Greek, I give up some Romanian sounds and employ instead some others, which I believe are of a 'Greek nature'. For instance: the 'h' used for the rough spirit; we normally pronounce 'h' as you do in English, but today's Greeks seem to be always using an intermediate vowel (such as a small 'i' or 'î') between the 'h' and the adjacent sound. Then, χ, θ, δ, ω, η: I am not pronouncing them using Romanian sounds. For instance, the θ and δ we don't have in Romanian the way I pronounce them here; also, we have double 'o' and double 'e', but they always belong to different syllables in Romanian. Then, γ and υ. The 's' is also a little bit different.


    ἔρρωσο,
    Βασιλεῖος

  • *Vowel Consistency: very consistent.
  • *Consonant Consistency: always
  • *Accents correct: always.
  • *Idiosyncrasies: Some unique pronunciations as explained in his pdf file.

Content

  • Greek NT Text: USB 3/4 - Nestle-Aland 26/27 as found on Ralph Hancock's site
  • Septuagint Text: Rahlfs
  • Included New Testament Texts: 1 John,(or by chapter 1  2  3  4  5 ); John 3:1-16 (Files embedded in pdf)
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): Genesis 1 (Files embedded in pdf), Jonah
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note: Files for 1 John are presented both in a training mode with weekly readings or in a conversational speed. The author has linked them to the pdf file. Has dramatized the voice of God in some passages.

 

Norman 'Roman' Gorny

Presentation

  • Gender: Male (60)
  • Native Accent of Speaker: US English. (He is linguist with multilingual abilities); US Greek Orthodox speaker. His English does not color his Greek pronunciation.
  • *Speed: slow conversational
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: Exellent, utilizes frequent pauses to highlight word groups.
  • *Inflection - Clear and well thought out.
  • *Punctuation pauses: Always
  • *Flow: medium paced, with breaks (not rushed) where needed
  • *Voice tones: medium light
  • *Enunciation: clear
  • *Recording Quality: good
  • *Ease to follow: Each chapter is a separate download.

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: very consistent.
  • *Consonant Consistency: always
  • *Accents correct: 99.9% (I did find a participle differently accented)
  • *Idiosyncrasies: None.

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Nestle-Aland 27. The author links to the German Bible Society's Nestle-Aland 27
  • The text I am reading is what is generally known as the Alexandrian version, edited by Kurt Aland, Matthew Black, Carlo M. Martini, Bruce M. Metzger, and Allen Wikgren in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research.

  • Septuagint Text: NA
  • Included New Testament Texts: Gospel of John; Hebrews; 1,2,3 John; Revelation
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): NA
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note:

 

Didier Fontaine

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker:
  • *Speed:
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations:
  • *Inflection - Good
  • *Punctuation pauses: Yes, always.
  • *Flow: Smooth and easy.
  • *Voice tones: Very pleasant
  • *Enunciation: Clear
  • *Recording Quality:
  • *Ease to follow:
  • Errors: Occasional misreads, which are caught and then redone, but not edited out.

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Erasmian with some changes
  • *Vowel Consistency: Good.
  • *Consonant Consistency: Good.
  • *Accents correct: occasional misaccents, but they are very sublte.
  • *Idiosyncrasies: θ = [th], adds a final a sound after a final ν, sometimes drops a final ς; Has a French twang, as the reader is a native French speaker.

Content

  • Greek NT Text: The Greek New Testament (4e éd B. Aland; K. Aland, J. Karavidopoulos, C.M. Martini, B.M. Metzger);
  • Septuagint Text: NA
  • Included New Testament Texts: John, Mark, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, 1,2,3 John; Jude
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): NA
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note:

The Gospels in Greek

  • Author: Unknown
  • Speaker: Unknown
  • Organization: www.GospelsInGreek.com Contact@GospelsInGreek.com
  • Sample/Demo: listen via audio player on internet
  • Web Sites: http://www.gospelsingreek.com/
    • Format: Audio player on line; no downloadable mp3 file
  • Publication Date: 2007-
  • Internet Availability: freely available
  • Internet Samples/Links: http://; See Content section below.
  • ISBN 10 & ISBN 13: NA

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Native Greek?
  • *Speed: medium, well-paced
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: Yes, always.
  • *Inflection - Full range of emotion
  • *Punctuation: Yes, always
  • *Flow: Smooth, unrushed.
  • *Voice tones: Full-bodied, deep male voice
  • *Enunciation: Clear
  • *Recording Quality: OK, no background noise, but perhaps an inferior quality microphone
  • *Ease to follow: The printed text is below each audio player selection.
  • Errors: None

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: Always
  • *Consonant Consistency: Always
  • *Accents correct: Always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: None

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Unsure. Greek Text from the University of York, UK
  • Septuagint Text: NA
  • Included New Testament Texts: Every book except Collosians
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): NA
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note:

Review

This is a very wonderful recording by an apparently native Greek speaker. Modern Greek combines six vowels into the same ι = ει = οι = υι = υ = η [all sound like iota]. This is a distinction that cannot be maintained and differentiate some words, but Modern Greeks are able to discuss the Greek Koine using this pronunciation. The pace is slow enough that one can even think about the text while listening.

YTVideoJudge

  • Author: YTVideoJudge
  • Speaker: Vasilios Lazarou
  • Organization: none
  • Sample/Demo:
  • Web Sites: http://www.youtube.com/user/YTVideoJudge#p/a/u/2/FG28ju_va0k
  • Format: Scrolling text with music introduction.
  • Publication Date:
  • Internet Availability: Search Youtube for YTVideoJudge and Η Καινή Διαθηκή
  • Internet Samples/Links: http://; See Content section below.
  • ISBN 10 & ISBN 13:

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Greek?
  • *Speed: Fairly quick paced; conversational
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: Yes always
  • *Inflection -
  • *Punctuation followed: always
  • *Flow: Smooth
  • *Voice tones: Clear, forceful,
  • *Enunciation: Clear
  • *Recording Quality: Excellent
  • *Ease to follow: Each book is an entire video. Video controls allow you to scroll.
  • Errors: None

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: .always consistent
  • *Consonant Consistency: always consistent
  • *Accents correct:
  • *Idiosyncrasies:

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Bambas (Νέοφυτος Βάμβας - Katharevousa - Somewhere between restored Attic and demotic)
  • Septuagint Text: NA
  • Included New Testament Texts: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Revelations
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): NA
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note:

Greek Bible Society

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Greek
  • *Speed: Very quick, conversational
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: Yes.
  • *Inflection - The speed makes some of the inflection be limited in scope
  • *Punctuation - Yes.
  • *Flow: Good
  • *Voice tones: Light voice with some fog and raspiness
  • *Enunciation: Clear
  • *Recording Quality: Excellent; The demotic (entire NT and OT) and the Psalms (demotic and archaic) have music accompaniament
  • *Ease to follow: Choose to listen to the chapter via the online audio player
  • Errors: None

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: Always
  • *Consonant Consistency: Always
  • *Accents correct: Always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: none

Content

  • Greek NT Text: 2 versions exist:
    • Demotic: The demotic language translation done by Mr. Professors Vassiliadis Galitis, Galanis, Karavidopoulos made on behalf of the Greek Bible Society.
    • The 1904 Ecumenical Patriarchal text which is similar to the text of Tischendorf.
  • Greek OT Text: 2 versions exist:
    • Septuagint Text: The 1904 Ecumenical Patriarchal text which is similar to the text of Tischendorf.
    • Demotic OT Text: Translated from the 1904 Ecumenical Patriarchal text by ????.
  • Included New Testament Content:
    • Patriarchal Text: Matthew-Revelations
    • Demotic Text: Matthew-Revelations
  • Included Old Testament Content
    • Septuagint Content (from the Patriarchal text of 1904): Psalms only (to music and without music - as of 11/31/2012)
    • Demotic OT Content: All OT books including the apocrypha
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note: Demotic is modern Greek such as is spoken on the streets. The music was written by musician Mr. George Zagoria especially for this scripture presentationand and performed by internationally renowned musicians such as A.Katsigiannis, K. Gkouventas, C. Tsiamoulis etc., using traditional instruments of the region of the Holy Land.

Analogion

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Greek
  • *Speed: Medium-fast
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: Yes, always
  • *Inflection - Full range of intonation; some emotion
  • *Punctuation - always followed
  • *Flow: smooth, well-paced with adequate pauses
  • *Voice tones: smooth, warm
  • *Enunciation: clear
  • *Recording Quality: excellent
  • *Ease to follow: Each chapter can be played by the online audio player
  • Errors: None

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: always
  • *Consonant Consistency: always
  • *Accents correct: always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: none

Content

  • Greek NT Text: The patriarchal (Antoniades) text - 1904
  • Septuagint Text: NA
  • Included New Testament Texts: Mark
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): NA
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts: Many other audio texts are available at this site
  • Note: Recorded at Mount Athos by the monastery of Vatopedi

ZontanoNero

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker: Greek
  • *Speed: Moderately fast
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations: Yes
  • *Inflection - Used throughout; some emotion in reading
  • *Punctuation followed: Always
  • *Flow: Smooth
  • *Voice tones: Light, warm
  • *Enunciation: excellent
  • *Recording Quality: Poor. Echo in background
  • *Ease to follow: Each chapter is a separate audio file
  • Errors: None

Pronunciation

  • *System followed: Modern Greek
  • *Vowel Consistency: Always
  • *Consonant Consistency: Always
  • *Accents correct: Always
  • *Idiosyncrasies: None

Content

  • Greek NT Text: Bambas Modern Greek version
  • Septuagint Text: Bambas Modern Greek version
  • Included New Testament Texts: Matthew - Revelations
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): Greek OT - all books
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note:

 

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS RECORDINGS:

  • Ted Hildebrandt (Erasmian) 1 John. Vocabulary audio files are also onl this site. Ted Hildebrand authored the book/CD Mastering NT Greek. This is a very slow and methodic recitation of 1 John. It's great for those using Eramsian who are new students and want to plod through 1 John. For conversational speed, this is not an appropriate recording.

 




 

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2) Speaker Gender
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8) Consistency of Pronunciation
9) Correct Accentuation
10) Voice tones i.e. pleasant, harsh
11) Pronunciation Clear: i.e. no mumbling, muffled syllables
12) Oddities and peculiarities
13) Greek Text Used
14) List of texts: e.g. All NT, Mt-Luke, etc.
15) Quality of recording: background noise, mic quality, editing, splices, etc.
16) Availability of text i.e. free internet, purchase, etc.
17) Website(s) found or available for purchase
18) File format i.e. mp3, cd-rom, Real-Audio
19) ISBN or ISBN-13 numbers
20) Your comments and overall impression

 

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  • Organization: none
  • Sample/Demo:
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  • Publication Date:
  • Internet Availability:
  • Internet Samples/Links: http://; See Content section below.
  • ISBN 10 & ISBN 13:

Presentation

  • Gender: Male
  • Native Accent of Speaker:
  • *Speed:
  • *Phrasing - does the speaker keep together words and phrases which belong together, or are there unnatural pauses and word associations:
  • *Inflection -
  • *Punctuation
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  • Errors:

Pronunciation

  • *System followed:
  • *Vowel Consistency: .
  • *Consonant Consistency:
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Content

  • Greek NT Text:
  • Septuagint Text: NA
  • Included New Testament Texts:
  • Septuagint (including apocrypha): NA
  • Other Religious texts: None
  • Secular texts:
  • Other texts:
  • Note:

 

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