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RE: orion translation central?

Perhaps Professor West would be kind enough to answer the 
following problem.

Had the OT been composed in Greek at the time of the 
Hasmoneans, would there not have been a greater knowledge 
of the Persian period which has always caused the 
Talmudists  great problems with their chronology. Because 
they follow the OT  they lose about 165 years during the 
Persian  era.

It is interesting to note that if their chronology is used 
(as seems likely) then the time period mentioned in the 
Damascus  Document ( 390 + 20  after Nebuchadnezer ) would 
suggest an Herodian rather than an Hasmonean era for its 



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-----Original Message-----
From:	Jim West [SMTP:jwest@Highland.Net]
Sent:	Tuesday, December 09, 1997 3:06 PM
To:	orion@panda.mscc.huji.ac.il
Subject:	orion translation central?

OK- please contain your laughter at what I am about to s  
uggest 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).

theory 2- the inhabitants of Qumran translated these 
documents from Greek
into Hebrew and Aramaic in order to make them more widely 
available to the
home audience (which explains (!) the presence of Greek 
manuscripts in the
caves nearby).

theory 3- in the process of translation these Greek 
manuscripts were adapted
both linguistically and theologically (which explains (!) 
the presence of
different Vorlagen) by the anti-hellenistic inhabitants of 
the community.
I.e., the Qumranites found these documents useful in a 
purged or lengthened
form.  (for example, the LXX of Jeremiah is much shorter 
than the MT version
with its many expansions, etc).

Now, again, I realize that this is all a shooting in the 
dark- but I am
looking at the larger picture (which I think is sometimes 

Have a nice evening (or day) and a nice smile! (though I 
am, of course,


Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology