LXX Greek

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Leonard Isaksson
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LXX Greek

Post by Leonard Isaksson » October 3rd, 2013, 5:35 pm

This may be the place to put this inquiry. I do not have any particular portion of the LXX to ask after, although I have been reading in the Psalms, so well as I am able to.

A friend whom I have lost track of, who was a Hebrew tutor, told me that the Hebrew of the Psalms, or the Wisdom literature and the prophets were more difficult Hebrew, many hapax legomena. When I make my way through a Psalm, it does not seem to me that it is more difficult Greek than a narrative portion of the OT. Perhaps this is a comment upon my rudimentary ability to appreciate Greek, and I shall make a fool of myself in the asking.

Does the Hebrew of the Psalms have an effect on the LXX wherein that it is any more difficult Greek than narratives in Greek?

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Re: LXX Greek

Post by Louis L Sorenson » October 3rd, 2013, 8:44 pm

Take a look at http://www.letsreadgreek.com/psalms/. Some of your questions are answered there, along with some helps.

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Re: LXX Greek

Post by Ken M. Penner » October 3rd, 2013, 9:55 pm

Great site!
The letsreadgreek psalms page needs to be updated with some new resources:
Two new lexical tools are Muraoka 2009 (ISBN 978-9042922488) and Chamberlain 2012 (ISBN 978-1565637412)
There are two English LXX commentary series. In addition to the one mentioned there, by Brill, there is one by the SBL (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ioscs/commentary/).
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Re: LXX Greek

Post by Ken M. Penner » October 3rd, 2013, 9:59 pm

Hebrew poetry is generally harder than prose.
That difficulty does not necessarily remain in translation. Generally, the translators used more standard vocabulary and syntax than the original.
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Re: LXX Greek

Post by Jonathan Robie » October 4th, 2013, 6:51 am

Ken M. Penner wrote:Great site!
Indeed!
ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηποροῦντο, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, τί θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;
http://jonathanrobie.biblicalhumanities.org/

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Re: LXX Greek

Post by Leonard Isaksson » October 5th, 2013, 4:22 am

Thanks for the link(s). It is exercise to let one's eyes be upon the uncial script. Thanks for the simple answers.

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