Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon in E-Prime withInterlinear Greek in IPA
NASB Copyright 1995 by The Lockman FoundationE-
Prime consists of a paraphrase in which we have endeavored to replace all “to be” verbs (is,
were, was, etc.) with concrete active verbs, eliminating the “is of identity” (instead of “John
is a t
eacher,” we use “John teaches.”), the “is of
predication” (instead of “The apple is sweet,”we use “The apple tastes sweet.”), as well as the passive voice and phantom subjects (instead of “Blessed is the man,” we use “God blesses the man.”
). By performing these linguistic procedures, we have hoped to create a crisp, direct, and sparkling document.Pronunciation Guide and Flashpoints for English SpeakersThe International Phonetic Alphabet was launched in 1888 in England by Henry Sweet andElmer Wiggins, founders of the International Phonetic Association. The International PhoneticAlphabet is an alphabetic system of notation based primarily on the Latin alphabet with borrowings if the Latin alphabet does not contain the sound. The beauty of the IPA is that it is100% phonetic, while the English Alphabet (though derived from the Latin alphabet) is only60% phonetic, making pronunciation chancy. The best transliteration schemes are also hit andmiss. Using the IPA pronunciation, one symbol represents one sound. The consonants are themost stable elements of the language, but the violent vowels and the diabolical diphthongs willcause trouble continually. Consequently, here are the potential flashpoints that may up-endEnglish speakers as they try to negotiate the pronunciation of the Interlinear Greek and HebrewIPA texts.