[B-Greek] Septuagint translated by Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Jul 23 14:09:21 EDT 2003

At 12:46 PM -0700 7/23/03, perry & Debbie McChesney wrote:
>In Exodus 3:14 I ran across  something I find paculiar. The phrase EGO
>EIMI HO HWN. I looked up HWN (I may be transliterating incorrectly the H
>is a rough breath mark in HWN and in the HO not an eta) in the BDAG and
>can't find a definition for HWN. In this phrase the HWN is the only word
>capitalized in the Greek manuscript and Brenton defines it Being. Does
>anyone have a dictionary with a definition for HWN and can anyone
>comment on it's capitalization and any different Greek manuscripts of
>the Septuagint.

I think you are, in fact, mis-reading the Greek text: the breathing over
the Omega in WN is smooth: it's EGW EIMI hO WN: WN is the masc. sg. nom.
ptc.of the verb EIMI, and with the article hO it forms a substantive, "the
one who is" or "the being one."

Carl W. Conrad
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