Lectionary Pronunciation Guide – Year B - 2008/2009  (page  1)
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Abana   uh-bah-nuh

Abednego    uh-bed-nee-goh

Abinadab   uh-bin-uh-dab

Abishai   ah-bee-shī

Abram   ayb-rum

Achor   ay-core

Adar   ay-dahr

Ahasuerus   uh-has-you-air-uhs

Ahio   uh-hī-oh

Amalekite   uh-mal-uh-kīt

Amaziah   am-ah--ah

Amorite   am-uh-rīts

Apollos   uh-pahl-uhs

Aram   air-um

Aramean   air-uh-mee-en

Arimathea   air-ih-muh-thee-uh

Asher   ash-uhr

Ashkelon   ash-keh-lahn

Baal   bay-uhl

Baale-judah   bay-uh-lee joo-duh

Baal-shalisha   bay-uhl shall-ee-shuh

Baca   bay-kuh

Barabbas   buh-rab-uhs

Barsabbas   bahr-sab-uhs

Bashan   bay-shun

Beersheba   beer-shee-buh

Bethsaida   beth-say-ih-duh

Boaz   boe-az

Caesarea   seh-zuh-ree-uh

Caiaphas   kay-uh-fuhs

Candace   kan-duh-see

Capernaum   kuh-per-nay-uhm or nee-uhm

Cappadocia   kap-uh-doh-shee-uh

Cephas   see-fuhs

Chilion   kill-ee-uhn

Clopas   kloh-puhs

Cushite   kush-īt (u as in “cushion”)

Cyrene   sī-ree-nee

Decapolis   dee-kap-oh-liss

denarii   dih-nah-rih-ee

Edom   ee-duhm

Elah   ee-lah

Elamite   ee-luh-mīt

Eliab   ee-lī-ab

Eliam   ee-lī-am

Elimelech   eh-lim-uh-lek

Elisha   ee-lī-shuh

Elkanah   el-kay-nuh

“Eloi, . . . lema sabachthani”   eh-loe-ee . . . leh-mah

            sah-bakh-thah-nee (kh = German ch)

Emmaus   eh-may-uhs

ensign   en-sīn not en-sin

ephah   ee-fah

“Ephphatha”   ef-fuh-thuh

Ephraim   ee-free-uhm

Ephrathah   ef-ruh-thuh

Gabbatha   gab-uh-thuh

Galilee   gal-ih-lee (not gal-ih-lee)

Gennesaret   geh-nezz-uh-ret (hard g, as in “go”)

Gethsemane   geth-sem-uh-nee

Gibeah   gib-ee-uh

Gibeon   gib-ee-uhn

Gilboa   gil-boe-uh

Gilgal   gil-gal

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Golgotha    gahl-guh-thuh

Haman   hay-men

Harbona   hahr-boe-nuh

Hophni   hahf-nee

hyssop   hiss-up

Iscariot   iss-kair-ee-uht

Ittai   it-tī

Jairus   jeh-ī-ruhs

Jashar   jay-shuhr

Jeroboam   jair-uh-boe-uhm

Joab   joe-ab

Joses   joe-zezz

Kadesh   kay-desh

Kidron   kid-ruhn

Magdalene   mag-duh-leen  or  mag-duh-len

Mahlon   mah-luhn

Malchus   mal-kuhs

Manasseh   muh-nass-uh

Medad   mee-dad

Meshach    mee-shak

Melchizedek   mel-kizz-uh-deck

Midian   mid-ee-uhn

Moab   moe-ab

Moriah    mohr-ī-uh

Mordecai   more-duh-kī

Naaman   nay-uh-muhn

Nebuchadnezzar    neh-buh-kuhd-nezz-uhr

Negeb   nay-geb (hard g, as in “go”)

Nineveh   nin-uh-vuh

Obed-edom  oh-bed ee-duhm

Ophir   oh-fuhr

Pamphylia   pam-fill-ee-uh

Paschal   pass-kuhl

Penninah   peh-nin-uh

Phanuel   fuh-noo-uhl  (or  fan-yoo-el)

Pharpar   fahr-pahr

Philippi   fill-uh-pī

Phinehas   fin-ee-uhs

Phrygia   frij-ee-uh

prophesy    prah-feh-sī    (prophecy   prah-feh-see)

Quirinius   kwih-rin-ee-uhs

Rabbouni   reh-boo-nee

Ramah   rah-muh

Salome   suh-loe-mee

Sarai   sair

Shadrach    shad-rak

Shammah   shah-muh

Shechem   shek-ehm

Sheol   shay-ole

Shiloh   shī-low

Sidon   -duhn

Sirion   seer-ee-uhn

Syrophoenician   -roe-fuh-nee-shuhn

“Talitha cum”   tah-lee-thah koom

Tiberias   tī-beer-ee-uhs

Timaeus   tih-may-uhs

Uriah   yoo--uh

Uzziah   uh--uh

Zarephath   zair-uh-fath

Zechariah   zek-uh--uh

 

 

(Sources: Harper's Bible Dictionary, Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible)