[B-Greek] Zechariah 8:3 (LXX)
albert.pietersma at sympatico.ca
Tue Oct 13 10:13:30 EDT 2009
The presence or absence of articles in most the LXX is certainly one
of its biggest problems. Carl is quite right in suggesting that in
Zech 8:3 (and often in the LXX) one cannot rely on the translated text
to reflect standard usage. While it can be safely stated that articles
in the Hebrew text are typically represented in the Greek, it can not
be inferred that articles in the Greek have explicit warrant in the
Hebrew parent text. Ergo: usage in the LXX is not bona fide Greek
usage until proven to be such.
On Oct 13, 2009, at 5:51 AM, Carl Conrad wrote:
> 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
> Greek usage.
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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