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

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Wed May 28 12:25:03 EDT 2008

On May 28, 2008, at 12:20 PM, Eric S. Weiss wrote:

> So you're saying that AORISTOS is perhaps a more accurate  
> translation of tohu
>  than AORATOS?
>  Which does indeed suggest exegesis or Platonizing going on in the  
> LXX.

I'm not suggesting anything other than that there's no relationship  
between hORIZW and hORAW. I'd just as soon not speculate on what was  
in the mind of the LXX translator.

> Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com> wrote:
>  On May 28, 2008, at 12:05 PM, Eric S. Weiss wrote:
>> I would guess that a word related to hORIZW would better mean
>> "undefined" for tohu
>> than a word like AORATOS which is related to hORAW. But maybe they
>> are related
>> to each other.
> But that is AORISTOS: ever heard of the "aorist" 'tense'? What French
> calls "le passé indéfini"?
> The root of hORIZW is hOROS, 'boundary'; there's no relationship to
> fORA, the root of hORAW.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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