Off-topic Question: Gen.1:2

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Jan 6 08:19:48 EST 1999


At 6:58 AM -0500 1/6/99, Theodore H. Mann wrote:
>Greetings:
>
>I would appreciate an off-list answer to the following:
>Can it be grammatical justified to translate Gen.1:2 as: "The earth
>BECAME formless and void...."?

As a question regarding the LXX text of Genesis:

Gen. 1:2 hH DE GH HN AORATOS KAI AKATASKEUASTOS.

and only as such is this question appropriate to B-Greek, but the answer
must be NO: because the verb is HN, an imperfect which must indicate
durative being.
Interesting that the Heb rew Y'Hi MIGHT have been translated EGENETO, but
wasn't.

Carl W. Conrad
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