[B-Greek] LXX Greek vs NT Greek

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Apr 25 20:24:34 EDT 2006

Dear Gene,

>Could the learned scholars of the list, please discuss any of the obvious differences in the two.

I happen to be reading a book called _Invitation to the Septuagint_, by 
Karen H. Jobes and Moisés Silva. One point they make is the NT is 
natural Koiné Greek while the Greek OT, a translation, is somewhat 
artificial as it strives to mimic Hebrew structure. For example, some 
LXX books use SUN to match the sign of the accusative in Hebrew, which 
should be essentially an untranslated term but whose Hebrew form can 
also be a word meaning "with." The Greek OT uses a matching participle 
and main verb to mimic the Hebrew infinitive absolute with a main verb, 
but the NT does not use that structure, which is artificial in Greek.

Harold Holmyard

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