Translation Studies

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Fri Sep 7 00:55:56 EDT 2001


Dear Jim:

Where does it say that Jesus was illiterate? Lk 4 is quite clear that he was
able to read.

En Xpistw,

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim West" <jwest at highland.net>
To: "Biblical Greek" <b-greek at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Cc: <b-greek at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 8:42 AM
Subject: [b-greek] Re: Translation Studies


> At 02:39 PM 9/6/01 +0000, you wrote:
>
> >And perhaps this is not the forum to raise the issue, but I always
thought
> >that the LXX was the Bible of Jesus and the early Church, in that the OT
was
> >the Bible.
>
> Jesus was illiterate.  The bible he heard read from each sabbath was the
> Hebrew text, translated into aramaic.
>
> As far as the early christian church (as reflected in the documents we
call
> the NT) is concerned, there is evidence that sometimes the author
> paraphrases the Hebrew text, sometimes translates it, sometimes uses
> something akin to the LXX, and sometimes freely paraphrases the LXX.
There
> is not a single text in the NT, however, where any version or copy of the
> LXX is copied word for word.  So either they had did their own translation
> of the hebrew text, paraphrased the LXX, or had a veersion of the LXX now
> lost to us.
>
> >
> >The vast majority of quotations from the OT by all the NT authors are
taken
> >from the LXX, are they not?
>
> no they are not.  see above.  and if you say LXX you have to say which
one.
> The issue is more complex then simply saying *the early church used the
LXX*.
>
>  Is there any evidence that the OT quotes are
> >fresh translations into Greek from the old Hebrew when the NT was
written?
>
> yes.  see Matthews use of Hos 11:1 for instance.
>
> >If not, then wouldn't the LXX seem to be the Bible of the early Church
and
> >Jesus?
>
> No, again, Jesus was illiterate.  He knew the Bible in its semitic guise.
> the authors of the various NT texts all went their own way as described
above.
>
> best
>
> jim
>
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>
> Jim West, ThD
>
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>
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