1 Kings 1:15 (LXX)

Steve Puluka spuluka at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 24 05:55:13 EST 1999


>At 12:52 23/11/99 -0600, Steven Craig Miller wrote:
>>So Brenton's text reads: GUNH hH SKLHRA hHMERA EGO EIMI, yes?
>
>Yes, as also in the apparatus to BHS.
>
>Maurice

For what it is worth the translators of the Septuagint to Old Church 
Slavonic render this:

ZENA    V         ZESTOK   DEN AZ ESM
WOMAN WITHIN (A) MERCILESS DAY I AM

There is no ambiguity here.  But I don't know if this one is worth much.  In 
many cases seeing how native Greek speaking missionaries in the Ninth to 
Tenth century translate a text can give us a window to how the orgiginal 
Greek was read by native readers.  These missionaries are also believed to 
have grown up in the slav territories of the Byzantine Empire and actually 
knew both tongues from their youth.  But while the Old Church Slavonic 
translation is attributed to these Greek speaking missionaries, this passage 
may very well have been translated by native Slavs.

The Psalms and all of the texts used for  readings in our services are 
almost certainly translated by the Greek missionaries.  In the Septuagint 
this would include Genesis, Proverbs, Psalms, and Isaiah in total and 
selections from other prophetic works.  The oldest complete Septuagint 
translation of non-lectionary readings we can document for certain is much 
later, fifteenth century.  But this may also have been based on an early 
Greek translator version we no longer have.

Steve Puluka
Adult Education Instructor
Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh
http://arrive.at/byzantinecatholic

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