[B-Greek] John, LXX:Genesis: PERIPATEW: Walking and Pleasing

Stephen Baldwin stbaldwi at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 13 23:12:44 EDT 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This may be slightly off-topic so I apologise in advance.
I've been doing a little study concerning the spiritual/figurative use of 
"to walk" -- e.g. and in particular, John's use of walking in darkness, in 
love, in truth etc.
He uses PERIPATEW fairly consistently.
Then Noah and Enoch came to mind and I started reading the LXX where, at 
least in English translations, they are described as having "walked with 
God". (Gen 5:24, 6:9)

Only the LXX uses (if I'm not mistaken) EUARESTEW which means "to please".

According to Kittell, in the verses cited, the Hebrew root is "hitp".
I'm only just starting to learn about the idiosyncracies of the LXX.

Not knowing my aleph from my elbow, I have no idea about the corresponding 
Hebrew. I'd welcome off-list comments on that.

But there does not appear to me to be a particular link between "walking" 
and "pleasing" in Greek is there? Can anyone shed any light, is there any 
logic to the words chosen by the authors of the LXX?

I was also interested to see that PERIPATEW just means walking in general.
When I imagine Enoch and God, or walking in truth etc., I always imagine 
purposeful forward movement with a goal or destination in mind. Is it 
perhaps better to see this figurative use of "walking" as "walking around in 
the sphere of"?

Just curious

Paschal greetings to all

Stephen Baldwin
stbaldwi at hotmail.com

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