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Re: orion translation central?
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Jim West wrote:
> theory 1- the OT was originally composed in Greek during the Hasmonean
> period by Hellenized folk seeking to legitimize their claim to the
> (land propoganda in the most positive sense of the term).
> theory 2- the inhabitants of Qumran translated these documents from
> into Hebrew and Aramaic in order to make them more widely available to
> home audience (which explains (!) the presence of Greek manuscripts in
> caves nearby).
> theory 3- in the process of translation these Greek manuscripts were
> both linguistically and theologically (which explains (!) the presence
> different Vorlagen) by the anti-hellenistic inhabitants of the
> I.e., the Qumranites found these documents useful in a purged or
> form. (for example, the LXX of Jeremiah is much shorter than the MT
> with its many expansions, etc).
Just a few counter points:
It's just a small artifact yet so important. The Silver Talisman of
700 BCE with Numbers 6:24-26 inscibed thereon...in palaeohebrew.
There are no "Hellenisms" in biblical Hebrew but numerous Hebraisms
and Aramaisms in the Greek.
As I said before, translational Greek is obvious over compositional
Even the mistakes, i.e. dalet/resh, are Hebrew to Greek thingies.
Greek textual variants that distill to *one* Hebrew or Aramaic idiom
Díman dith laych idneh dínishMA nishMA
Jack Kilmon (firstname.lastname@example.org)