[B-Greek] Zechariah 8:3 (LXX)

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Tue Oct 13 05:51:25 EDT 2009


On Oct 13, 2009, at 2:27 AM, Leonard Jayawardena wrote:

>
> KLHQHSETAI hH IEROUSALHM POLIS hH ALHQINH KAI TO OROS KURIOU  
> PANTOKRATOROS OROS hAGION.
>
> POLIS hH ALHQINH is translated "a true city" in Brenton's  
> translation and "a city that is true" in the NETS translation.
>
> What purpose does the definite article serve before ALHQINH? Why  
> isn't in the form POLIS ALHQINH in parallel with OROS hAGION?  
> Alternatively, why not OROS TO hAGION in parallel with POLIS hH  
> ALHQINH?
>
> POLIS hH ALHQINH is literally "a city, the true one"?

I think what we have here in the Greek LXX text is simply a literal  
translation of the Hebrew construct-noun IR-hA-EMETH, in which case  
the Greek definite article isn't functioning as it ordinarily does in  
Greek usage.


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






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