[b-hebrew] Septuagint vs Hebrew, effect on Christianity

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Oct 17 09:33:58 EDT 2006

K Randolph wrote:

> The impression I get is that your knowledge of the Greek New Testament
> is akin to that of Hebrew and the Hebrew Tanakh — it is dependent on
> translations and the scholarly opinions of others, but that you
> yourself have not read it even once cover to cover. If you spent as
> much time reading the original documents in their original languages
> as you have spent reading translations and commentaries, I would give
> more weight to your comments. But right now I view you more of a
> lightweight in the scholarship arena, dependent more on others than
> your own scholarship.

HH: Your impression of what I have read in the 
Hebrew is wrong.

> Now your comments concerning the Greek of the Greek New Testament
> demonstrate your ignorance of said document. When students of Greek
> language tell me that they find John the hardest to read because of
> the poor grammar and syntax, though the vocabulary is correct, I
> believe them because I have read the Greek New Testament 20+ times.
> Paul's writing is in competant and correct Greek, but not an example
> of outstanding literary style. Other authors showed differing levels
> of competency in Greek. Only Luke, whom early church historians credit
> with writing a Gospel, the Acts and co-authored Hebrews, demonstrated
> high Greek literary style.

HH: I am not ignorant of the NT.

Harold Holmyard

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