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

Jerry Reimer Jerry at lsm.org
Wed May 28 11:56:12 EDT 2008


Seems illogical that actual invisibility could be meant by AORATOS although
the adjective does contain this as one of its meanings. Undefined,
unrecognizable seems better here. Appears to a ballpark equivalent for
Hebrew underneath and that whatever the meaning of the Hebrew vorlage is (I
am not knowledgeable as to its meaning) should be what defines the LXX
rendering rather than either the etymology of the Greek adjective or even
its usual literal meaning. Is this an example of Hebrew Greek?

Jerry Reimer

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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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