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Re: orion Re: translation central

At 05:28 PM 12/10/97 +0000, you wrote:
>There are many problems with Prof. West's idea, but one in particular 
>should be taken account of. It does no justice to the wide 
>variety of text types attested at Qumran.

Perhaps it does.  For instance, if the OT were composed in Greek- and then
copied, etc; so that by the time they reached Qumran there were several
recensions available and made use of by the translators there.

> Were the Samuel and  Jeremiah 
>manuscripts found at Qumran all Hebrew translations of different 
>Greek recensions? 

Possibly.  In modern translations, for instance, of the New Testament, an
eclectic text is the "grundtext" (NA 26).  Thus there really is no one greek
text underlying the translation of many new testament translations.

>Were these many Greek recensions considered equally 
>sacred by the sectarians?

probably.  I tend to doubt they held to the notion of "THE original text".
Rather, they may have been concerned simply to reproduce what they had in
Greek in order to make it available to those who read only Hebrew or Aramaic.

>James Harding
>Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield.


Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology