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Re: orion Re: translation central

Thaks Paul, your comments, though already familiar territory, are a very
useful reminder.

Thanks again,


At 03:51 PM 12/10/97 -0600, you wrote:
>Of course the real problem with Jim's idea is not textual but theological
>and ideological.  Let me give just one example.
>The "older" parts of the OT (those written before Alexander) do not have
>any developed concepts of heaven or the afterlife.  With the advent of the
>Greeks in the middle east in late 4th and early 3rd century, these ideas
>just blossom, especially in the Apocalyptic and the later Wisdom
>literature.  Job can speak of "the Satan" without it being the Devil, but a
>few centuries later that is no longer possible.  What about the loss of
>prophecy?  and so on.
>If the OT had been written in  Greek and in a Greek environment, we would
>expect a greater consistency in theology, especially in keeping with Greek
>conceptions of the cosmos.
>Paul V. M. Flesher, Director
>Religious Studies Program
>University of Wyoming
>Laramie, WY  82071-3353
Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology