Category Archives: Word of the Week

Do You Want to Go to Hades?

Last week, I was commenting to my elementary Greek class on the need to be aware of some simple linguistic data when dealing the topic of ‘hell’ and the NT. Older translations of the NT (like the KJV) typically translated … Continue reading

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Are the Dead Raised as Angels? (Phun with Philo)

Luke 20 adds several elements to the Markan version of Jesus’ discussion with the Sadducees: οἱ δὲ καταξιωθέντες τοῦ αἰῶνος ἐκείνου τυχεῖν καὶ τῆς ἀναστάσεως τῆς ἐκ νεκρῶν οὔτε γαμοῦσιν οὔτε γαμίζονται·οὐδὲ γὰρ ἀποθανεῖν ἔτι δύνανται, ἰσάγγελοι γάρ εἰσιν καὶ υἱοί … Continue reading

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Chameleon (Greek Word of the Week)

Perhaps there are a few of you in this club cultured enough to understand the link between the pic on the left and this week’s Greek WOTW. In case you’re a man without conviction or a man who doesn’t know, … Continue reading

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Christmas Trees in Ancient Greek

How can you talk about your χ-mas tree in Koine Greek? As is often the case, so as not to reinvent the τροχός, it’s good to see what Modern Greek uses for ‘Christmas tree.’ MGk uses τὸ ἔλατο. In fact, you can listen … Continue reading

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Coffee in Koine Greek

I’m not really a coffee drinker. I’d love to be, as it would give me one more thing to be snobby about. But for now, I’ll stick to cufflinks and Savile Row suits. In any case, according to Wikipedia, coffee … Continue reading

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LOLing in Koine (Greek Word of the Week)

So, here’s the sitch. Ur txting ur BFF & they tell a funny joke, rt? OMG, ur ROFLing 4eva! And, of course, desirous to explicate the amount and volume of your gelotological response to said stimuli, you endeavor to articulate … Continue reading

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ποῦπος (Greek Word of the Week)

You have to say this word out loud. And no, it’s not a synonym for σκύβαλον, that favorite of every puerile budding Hellenist. Get your mind out of the ἀφεδρών! In fact, it’s a bird, technically, a hoopoe, Latin name … Continue reading

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χοιροπίθηκος (Greek Word of the Week)

Compound words are just fun. German may be the best. They have about Zweihundertvierundachtzigtausend long compound words. But, Greek’s no slouch. And, the word for the week is a pretty creative one. Let’s say you were looking at a giraffe … Continue reading

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καλαμοσφάκτης (Greek Word of the Week)

ὁ καλαμοσφάκτης n. A compound of κάλαμος, a reed or writing instrument, and σφάκτης, a murderer. Thus: one who kills with a pen. Philo’s In Flaccum contains the only extant usage, about a corrupt Alexandrian official: ὃν πολλάκις ὁ δῆμος ἅπας … Continue reading

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