Iver Larsen iver_larsen at sil.org
Sat Oct 20 01:45:28 EDT 2001

> No doubt this IS from the LXX of Gen 4:24, but hEBDOMHKONTAKIS hEPTA does,
> in fact, mean 70 x 7 = 490. It was not the English translator that made an
> error here but rather, it would seem, the LXX translator; the
> Hebrew of Gen
> 4:24 reads SHIV'IM WeSHIV'A, 70 + 7 = 77; the LXX text doesn't have any
> conjunction KAI between the two numerals corresponding to the Hebrew We.

How do you know that the LXX is in error? How would one express 77 times in
Greek at that time if not like the LXX? I have not been able to find any
examples of a compound number with -KIS similar to the one in Gen 4:24
anywhere else in the LXX or the NT. There may be instances other places, but
I need a bit of convincing to accept that the LXX was in error. Are there
examples from Classical Greek sources of such a construction? I am not sure
the KAI is needed.
It is also possible that these constructions changed over time, I don't

Without taking time to check now, I would guess 70 x 7 times would be

Iver Larsen

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