Audio Bibles: a plea for better pronunciation

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Francis | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Apr 5 2014 7:13 AM

Today I was listening to the ESV audio Bible in Logos. Generally, I really like the recording. But I would suggest that in future editions (or if other audio English Bibles come out) better care be taken to educate the readers about basic pronunciation especially of Hebrew words. 

When I hear Eeleye, Eeleye, lama sabachtaneye, I cringe. I don't think it is necessary to have finer Hebrew or Greek sounds (or in this case, Aramaic) properly pronounced. I am even ready to accept "Eeleye" since this is how the prophet is now known in the English world (and to make the crowd's misunderstanding more intelligible). But at least say, sabachtanee!

I suppose this is not the most urgent of the issues in the world today, but I think that generally speaking, most English readers do not do a very good job at reading foreign names. This is often the case in church readings. Considering the investment that goes into making a quality audio Bible, why not make it right and have it serve to better educate rather than reinforce errors?

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 5 2014 8:44 AM

Francis:
Today I was listening to the ESV audio Bible in Logos. Generally, I really like the recording. But I would suggest that in future editions (or if other audio English Bibles come out) better care be taken to educate the readers about basic pronunciation especially of Hebrew words. 

Agreed. I listened to this in some OT passages and found the mispronunciation of personal names and place names very distracting. 

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 5 2014 9:01 AM

This is precisely the reason I have said I would prefer that the Hebrew Audio Add-In not see the light of day. There is virtually 0% chance that it will produce satisfying results for anyone who has a modicum of Hebrew knowledge.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 5 2014 10:58 AM

Francis:

Today I was listening to the ESV audio Bible in Logos. Generally, I really like the recording. But I would suggest that in future editions (or if other audio English Bibles come out) better care be taken to educate the readers about basic pronunciation especially of Hebrew words. 

There is one major problem with your request: Logos won't be producing those audiobooks. The ESV audiobook is directly from the publisher. If revisions are made, it will come from the publisher. Presumably all other audiobooks will come from publishers as well. The exception to this is the LEB. 

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Vincent Setterholm | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 5 2014 1:46 PM

David Paul:

This is precisely the reason I have said I would prefer that the Hebrew Audio Add-In not see the light of day. There is virtually 0% chance that it will produce satisfying results for anyone who has a modicum of Hebrew knowledge.

Is there a particular that you think gets it right? Are there any speakers you'd actually recommend recording?

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 6 2014 7:55 AM

I liked your original post better.Big Smile

In response to that: Yemeni might be interesting. I believe it pronounces the aleph's and the ayin's, and separates more letters with and without the dagesh than does most other pronunciations?

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 6 2014 8:41 AM

fgh:

I believe it pronounces the aleph's and the ayin's.

Most microphones, or people for that matter, won't pick up the difference.

But I would strenuously object if it's one of those Texan pronunciations. Smile

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 7 2014 5:16 AM

Vincent Setterholm:

Is there a particular that you think gets it right? Are there any speakers you'd actually recommend recording?

Not really, no.

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