[B-Greek] LXX Genesis 1:2 - tohu as AORATOS

Eric S. Weiss papaweiss1 at yahoo.com
Wed May 28 11:06:07 EDT 2008


The LXX in Genesis 1:2 translates the Hebrew tohu wa-bohu as AORATOS KAI 
  AKATASKEUASTOS. I.e., the earth was "invisible." Is that perhaps the basis for Hebrews 
  11:3 saying: PISTEI NOOUMEN KATHRTISQAI TOUS AIWNAS hRHMATI QEOU, EIS TO 
  MH EK FAINOMENWN TO BLEPOMENON GEGONENAI? 
   
  And ... is AORATOS a proper translation of tohu? The other two occurrences in the Hebrew 
  Bible of tohu with bohu are not translated similarly in the LXX. E.g., Jeremiah 4:23 simply 
  subsumes both words under the single Greek word OUQEN, and Isaiah 34:11 translates 
  tohu as ERHMOS, and the Hebrew bohu phrase is totally different in the Greek. 
   
   


  Eric S. Weiss
  

       


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