[b-hebrew] how different spellings got into the Hebrew Bible

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Tue Apr 27 05:12:56 EDT 2010

Actually, Karl, the LXX does change the MT in Zech 9.9. It’s not Matthew’s error (or his translator’s). The MT describes the coming king as נושׁע, which is a Niphal passive participle. The LXX has rendered this as an active, σωζων, probably because it found it inconceivable that the coming king is ‘liberated’ (MT). It therefore took the liberty (excuse the pun) to render an active in place of the passive.

Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)

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