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« on: March 04, 2012, 02:53:41 PM »

I wasn't sure where to put this, but I'm curious as to how to pronounce "Philemon".  Can anyone provide the phonetics?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 02:59:25 PM »

Merriam-Webster says, "\fə-ˈlē-mən, fī-\"

Follow the link and then click the two speaker icons to listen to the pronunciations.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philemon
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 03:01:59 PM »

Every book i've ever read that gives phonetics for it says -- Phil-E-mon
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 07:31:54 PM »

Do you mean in English or in the original language (pretty sure it's Greek)?

As a general principle, when it comes to Greek words, you should feel free to mangle them as much as you'd like. Everyone else does.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 07:50:06 PM »

Do you mean in English or in the original language (pretty sure it's Greek)?

As a general principle, when it comes to Greek words, you should feel free to mangle them as much as you'd like. Everyone else does.

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In English, I've always pronounced the name as "fye-LEE-mon."
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2012, 08:30:45 PM »

Merriam-Webster says, "\fə-ˈlē-mən, fī-\"

Follow the link and then click the two speaker icons to listen to the pronunciations.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philemon


 Thanks, although I wasn't able to pull up the speaker icons. 

 I've heard his name pronounced Fil-uh-mahn or Feel-ay-muhn.  I'm guessing the Greek is probably pronounced as Pheel-uh-mone, or something close.  It's not a big deal, I was just curious.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2012, 08:50:14 PM »

Do you mean in English or in the original language (pretty sure it's Greek)?

As a general principle, when it comes to Greek words, you should feel free to mangle them as much as you'd like. Everyone else does.

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In English, I've always pronounced the name as "fye-LEE-mon."

I have always heard it said that way.

Philemon 1:1 has "Παῦλος, δέσμιος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ καὶ Τιμόθεος ὁ ἀδελφὸς Φιλήμονι τῷ ἀγαπητῷ καὶ συνεργῷ ἡμῶν" in the Greek text: "fi-LI-mo-ni".
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 08:54:19 PM »

Do you mean in English or in the original language (pretty sure it's Greek)?

As a general principle, when it comes to Greek words, you should feel free to mangle them as much as you'd like. Everyone else does.

Truth...including myself!

In English, I've always pronounced the name as "fye-LEE-mon."

I have always heard it said that way.

Philemon 1:1 has "Παῦλος, δέσμιος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ καὶ Τιμόθεος ὁ ἀδελφὸς Φιλήμονι τῷ ἀγαπητῷ καὶ συνεργῷ ἡμῶν" in the Greek text: "fi-LI-mo-ni".

I believe the Greek there would be pronounced as "feeLEE-monee." Erasman would be "filAY-moneh"
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2012, 09:02:47 PM »

Do you mean in English or in the original language (pretty sure it's Greek)?

As a general principle, when it comes to Greek words, you should feel free to mangle them as much as you'd like. Everyone else does.

Truth...including myself!

In English, I've always pronounced the name as "fye-LEE-mon."

I have always heard it said that way.

Philemon 1:1 has "Παῦλος, δέσμιος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ καὶ Τιμόθεος ὁ ἀδελφὸς Φιλήμονι τῷ ἀγαπητῷ καὶ συνεργῷ ἡμῶν" in the Greek text: "fi-LI-mo-ni".

I believe the Greek there would be pronounced as "feeLEE-monee." Erasman would be "filAY-moneh"

Yes, apologies for my transcription. I think you and I are describing the same sound.

There are very few languages in which "I" makes the sound "aye".
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2012, 09:22:12 PM »

Do you mean in English or in the original language (pretty sure it's Greek)?

As a general principle, when it comes to Greek words, you should feel free to mangle them as much as you'd like. Everyone else does.

Truth...including myself!

In English, I've always pronounced the name as "fye-LEE-mon."

I have always heard it said that way.

Philemon 1:1 has "Παῦλος, δέσμιος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ καὶ Τιμόθεος ὁ ἀδελφὸς Φιλήμονι τῷ ἀγαπητῷ καὶ συνεργῷ ἡμῶν" in the Greek text: "fi-LI-mo-ni".

I believe the Greek there would be pronounced as "feeLEE-monee." Erasman would be "filAY-moneh"

Yes, apologies for my transcription. I think you and I are describing the same sound.

There are very few languages in which "I" makes the sound "aye".

Oh, forgive me! I read over your post so quickly, I didn't even see it...I just saw the Greek text! Yes, I think we're in agreement. Grin Sorry!
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