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NT Greek vocabulary for iPhone or iPod Touch

 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 01:49 - Ancient Greek Language, Software
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QuickMem is one of the oldest pieces of software for learning New Testament Greek. It has always been free, and now it is available on iPhone. Don't miss it! I have seen at least one other program that claims to do the same, but it's not free and it looks like it covers a smaller subset of Greek words. Of course, you can download a plain Windows, Mac or Linux version of QuickMem from the same page!

QuickMem

Greek Alphabet Memory game

 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 20:36 - Ancient Greek Language, Software
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Just made another Flash learning app, a Greek alphabet memory game:

Greek Alphabet Memory Game

I used Gentium as an embedded font, looks a lot more recognizable, or so it seems.
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Geron corporation - does the name say it all?

 
Friday, January 23, 2009, 17:41 - Ancient Greek Language
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I have previously written about the use of ancient languages in modern company names: Company names: never boring!. So, here comes another one. Geron.

Geron is a Greek word that literally means "old one", "old man", "Elder". If you ask me, a pretty strange image for a company. Wouldn't one rather see the ideas of innovation and modernity to be oozing from a company that has anything to do with technology. According the the company website, "Geron is developing first-in-class biopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer and chronic degenerative diseases, including spinal cord injury, heart failure and diabetes." I have to assume that their initial interest in the name was influenced by the term "gerontology", but there is something nefarious in the face of the old man that appears in the company's promotional materials. The company's role in stem-cell research thus becomes something straight from sci-fi: (white) old men preying on the young. Well, we shall see...



"The Christ Bowl" - a sad excuse for biblical archaeology

 


A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that is engraved with what they believe could be the world's first known reference to Christ.
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The full engraving on the bowl reads, "DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS," which has been interpreted by the excavation team to mean either, "by Christ the magician" or, "the magician by Christ."


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26972493/

Well, first of all I would really like to see the other side of the bowl... But let us look at what's available:

DIAXRHCTOU

Christ in Greek is normally spelled XRICTOC, but I have found a few inscriptions where H is used.However, XPHCTOC is also an adjective meaning 'excellent', 'meek', 'useful', 'noble'. This alone significantly increases the number of interpretations of the inscription.

But what I would REALLY like to see is what stands for O GOISTAIS. The Greek word they have in mind must be GOHC (charlatan, magician), but what is GOISTAIS???

If there is a Bible reference here, it is best to interpret GOISTAIS as Gestas, one of the thieves who were crucified next to Christ. :) Then the inscription makes total sense grammatically:

"Gestas, Through Christ"

It is known, of course, that it was Dismas, not Gesmas who was saved by Jesus. So, the inscription must imply that early Christians believed that God's compassion is so great that even the foolish taunter of Christ eventually received pardon and salvation. Trust me, this interpretation is no worse that the "magic" one, but at least I am not making a big deal out of it!

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