[B-Greek] LXX, Dt. 4:10 punctuation & syntax

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Wed Feb 5 14:58:12 EST 2003

Dt 4:10 appears to be rather awkward in terms of punctuation and syntax.
There is a "jarring" break of some sort between vv 9 and 10. I've been
puzzling over it for some time and have finally written the f. explanatory
note. I'd be interested in any comments on my solution, pro or con. Thanks.
(And now we'll see if the new server can handle Unicode! I've added a bgreek
transcription after each.)

V. 10. The syntax and punctuation of v 10 is awkward. Rahlfs and Göttingen
editions have no punctuation at the end of v 9, and a comma after the first
word of v 10. The Cambridge LXX punctuates with a colon at the end of v 9
and no punctuation after the first word of v 10. The text above has been
modified to follow the Cambridge LXX at this point since it appears to make
the best sense of the text as it stands. MT is likewise very abrupt at the
beginning of v 10. Although other possibilities exist (Wever 72 suggests
that ἡμέραν hHMERAN is an adverbial modifier of ἑωράκασιν hEWRAKASIN back in
v 9, but that requires assuming a major disjunction in the syntax of the
intervening clauses), it seems most likely that ἡμέραν hHMERAN functions
resumptively to continue the admonition of v 9. The sense is thus, “… [lest
you forget] the day in which you stood before the Lord…” (Thus also MT; see
Craigie, Deut., NICOT, 133. The NIV supplies “Remember” at the beginning of
v 10, which amounts to the same explanation.)

Rodney J. Decker, Th.D., Associate Prof/NT
Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA,USA
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