Lee Moses wrote:Jonathan, maybe I'm doing something wrong, but the text on the right side of the page is not viewable. And the section you cite does not appear to be included in the link you provided.
David Black wrote:No one who knows Hebrew or another Semitic language can fail to be impressed by the Semitic tone and flavor of the New Testament and by its obvious adoption of Semitic modes of speech. This applies to such fundamental matters as sentence structure and the meaning of words. For example, in an earlier issue of The BibIe Translator I argued that the expression "he opened his mouth" in the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5.2) cannot be interpreted solely as Greek, but must also be read in light of Semitic language patterns. When the Semitic background is understood, the phrase is best rendered in a way that indicates the beginning of some profound or solemn pronouncement, as in NEB's "he began to address them." Another example is the common expression ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν "answering he said". No Greek of any period, left to himself, would say or write ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν any more than you or I would say, "He answered and said," unless we were seeking to imitate biblical language, These are but two indications that the New Testament cannot be interpreted solely in terms of Greek grammar, but must also be studied in terms of its Semitic background.
Jonathan Robie wrote:“New Testament Semitisms”, David Alan Black, The Bible Translator 39/2 [April 1988], pp. 215-223. There's no complete version online, but a big chunk has been excerpted here.
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