[B-Greek] Looking for a quote
Bryant J. Williams III
bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Fri Mar 31 15:35:16 EST 2006
Thanks for your response. A couple of comments.
1. Regarding the use of the LXX versus the Hebrew. You said, "But the argument
becomes harder to sustain, I think, when applied to Palestinian Jews and native
Hebrew/Aramaic speakers. Why would they have a high view of the LXX? If they
knew Greek at all, they would be nowhere near as fluent in it as their native
tongue. The level of familiarity amongst Palestinian Jews with the LXX is an
interesting question, but it's kind of hard to believe they would rely on it
against the Hebrew. This is supported by the fact that as soon as Greek-speaking
Christians began to use these arguments against Palestinian Jews, these Jews
immediately responded by complaining "but that's not how the Hebrew reads!".
BJWIII: It is interesting that the authors of the NT, with the exception of
Matthew(?), wrote to churches in the Diaspora. Thus, the Scriptures of these
churches was the LXX. These authors may not had have as clear of grasp of Greek,
but that would be obvious when they are writing in Greek, but thinking from a
Jewish mindset. They were using an authoritative text that the HS used for the
purpose of bringing out the gospel. Again, the authors of the NT were written by
Jews with the exception Luke (Luke-Acts). The gospel writers also did know
Greek. Matthew would have because of being a tax-collector, (although his gospel
was also written in Hebrew). Mark, quoting Peter, would definitely have known
Greek (traveled with Paul, Barnabas and later, Peter), and John, because of his
life known to be in and around Ephesus, would have written in Greek.
Furthermore, there are still debates about how the NT used the Pseudepigrapha in
Jude, Paul's use of the Greek/Cretan poets in Acts 17 and Titus 1 does not mean
that they endorsed the Pseudepigrapha and Greek/Cretan poets as scripture. It
seems that they were used because it proved their point. It is interesting that
the pilgrims that were in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost were from regions
that Greek was the lingua franca, as well as their own mother tongue, and that
the disciples on that same day spoke the dialects of the individual regions
present NOT Hebrew. Yet Peter's sermon was spoken Hebrew/Aramaic (Greek ?).
Rev. Bryant J. Williams III
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