peterkirk at qaya.org
Mon Sep 12 19:33:48 EDT 2005
On 12/09/2005 21:08, Read, James C wrote:
>The major problem with the translation of ehyeh asher ehyeh is the common supposition that
>one word should be translated with one word. And thus the debate has become 'I am who I am'
>vs' 'I will be what I will be'. However, the translators of the LXX evidently did not feel
>so bound to such one to one translation techniques. They tried to capture the essence of
>the phrase by translating as EYO EIMI HO WN = I'm eternal/immortal.
This is not what LXX means. ὤν WN (omega-nu) is simply the present
participle of EIMI "to be". So Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ὤν EGO EIMI hO WN simply means
"I am the being one", or, as Greek participles are commonly equivalent
to English (and presumably Hebrew) relative clauses, "I am who I am".
This is of course rather good evidence that the Hebrew probably means "I
am who I am", and is certainly evidence for a present tense
interpretation of the Hebrew.
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