[B-Greek] Zechariah 8:3 (LXX)
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
> 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
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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