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Re: orion translation central?
Jim West wrote:
> OK- please contain your laughter at what I am about to suggest and recognize
> that it is sometimes the most wild eyed theories which eventually win the
> day. (but maybe not this time).
> Here goes (and these are all assumptions without any basis in fact; what I
> am interested in is your opinion as to the feasibility of the theory)
> theory 1- the OT was originally composed in Greek during the Hasmonean
> period by Hellenized folk seeking to legitimize their claim to the land
> (land propoganda in the most positive sense of the term).
Do you assume that these Hellenized folk were acquainted with the language and
details of the Gilgamesh Epic or Atra-Hasis (cf. Gen. 6-9) and the Sumerian
Gilgamesh legends (cf. Qohelet, which once cites the Akkadian Gilgamesh Epic and
once Gilgamesh and Agga, I believe).
Do you also assume that expressions such as lwytn nx$ brx lwytn nh$ 'qltn (Is.
27? can"t remember), which has its exact equivalent in Ugaritic ltn bthm brx ltn
bthm 'qltn, somehow had Greek equivalents?
I think the cultural and linguistic evidence, just to name two aspects, is
against your theory.
Jonathan D. Safren
Beit Berl College