The chap in the picture is Hezekiah, 14th King of Judah, thought to have reigned c.715-686 BC. One of the forms of his name in Hebrew is חִזְקִיָּ֫הוּ which is pronounced hizkijahu and means something like “strengthened by YHWH” (according to Wikipedia). The picture is a detail of a 17th century painting by an unknown artist and can be found in the choir of Sankta Maria kyrka in Åhus, Sweden.

In England I think the king is usually called ˌhezɪˈkaɪə. That is what John Wells gives in LPD. However, in last night’s first part of The History of Jerusalem on BBC4, the presenter, Simon Sebag Montefiore, called him ˌhezɪˈkiːə two or three times. That’s OK by me, if that is what he wants to call the guy. However, a few minutes later the king had become heˈziːkiə. And then the final mention of the name was pronounced ˌhezɪˈkaɪə.


Photo credit: David Castor

2 thoughts on “Arrrrrghain

  1. I he·rd that program and c·n c·nfirm your observations confidently. I suspect it was recorded in sep·rat bits. Tother day I he·rd a long program mainly about Simon Bolivar in which the presenter began with `Bolivar and half way thru switched to Bo`livar. Nev· know what nex·, do we?

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