Eli Eli Lama Azbatany or Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Tue Jun 15 18:42:07 EDT 1999

It's been said that the semitic word "shabaqtani" is behind the Greek word "sabachthani" in the
Gospels. However, are there any other occurences, biblical or otherwise, in which the Greek letter
CHI is used to transliterate the semitic QOPH? It seems to be an odd correspondence. In
pronunciation, the Greek "sabachthani" also seems very close to Hebrew "zabaxtani" - "you have
sacrificed me".


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