[b-hebrew] Are Ancient OT Translations Cited Complete?

Philip philipengmann at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 26 07:48:58 EDT 2007


Dear Peter, (2 years later),  Are the other translations that you cite below complete manuscripts? or only fragments?
   
  Yours,
   
  Philip Engmann
     [b-hebrew] Primary and Secondary Old Testament Witnesses  Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org 
Thu Aug 26 14:07:38 EDT 2004 
      
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On 26/08/2004 00:52, Harold R. Holmyard III wrote:    > Dear Philip,  >  >> Are the following statements true?  >>  >>  >> 1. The primary Old Testament witnesses are the Masoretic Text and the  >> Septuagint.  >>  >> 2. The secondary Old Testament witnesses include:  >>  >>    i.   The Dead Sea Scrolls,  >>    ii.  The Samaritan Pentateuch,  >>    iii. The Wadi Murabbaat Manuscripts,  >>    iv.  The Masada Manuscripts,  >>    v.   The Geniza Fragments.  >>  >> If the above statements are true, what is the justification for   >> selecting  >> some witnesses as primary witnesses and other witnesses as secondary  >> witnesses?  >  >  > HH: I would call them all primary witnesses with the possible   > exception of the Septuagint, which is a translation into another   > language. All the other materials are ancient or very old records of   > the Scriptures in the original languages. But in another sense even   > translations are primary witnesses, since they are ancient copies
 of   > the Scriptures. I would consider as secondary witnesses the quotation   > of Scripture in other writings.  >  If we are looking at translations, why is only the LXX mentioned? It is   not the only ancient translation, although it may be the oldest. There   are for example a variety of Aramaic (= Targums) and Syriac versions, as   well as variant Greek texts, which deserve mention alongside the LXX.   The Latin Vulgate is also an important witness because it is known to   have been translated from the Hebrew long before the existing MT MSS.   There are also Arabic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Coptic etc translations to be   considered.      --   Peter Kirk  peter at qaya.org (personal)  peterkirk at qaya.org (work)  http://www.qaya.org/        
  
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