The Euphemist

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Genesis 1 LXX

Verse 6: Kai eipen ho Theos, genEthEtO stereOma en mesO tou ydatos, "And God said, let there be a firmament in midst of the waters." stereOma definitely means a firmament, something strong and solid (e.g. "stereo", "steroids", etc.). The NIV has "expanse", catering to our modern sensibilities of outer space. I suppose some will say that the "firmament" thing shows that this text is hopelessly imbedded in antiquated cosmology. On the other hand, how do we really know that the cosmos isn't somehow bounded by some strong firmament?

Verse 9: Kai eipen o Theos, synachthEto to ydOr to ypokatO tou ouranou eis synagOgEn mian, kai ophthEtO hE xEra, "And God said, let the water beneath the heaven be gathered together into one gathering place, and let the dry land appear." Interesting to picture the waters being gathered into "synagogues."

Verse 27: arsen kai thElu epoiEsen autous, "male and female He created them." This is quoted verbatim from the LXX in Matthew 19:4 and Mark 10:6.

Does anyone out there know the html symbol codes for E, e, O, and o with macrons over them? I'd like to use them for the letters eta and omega.


Anonymous michael h said...

Scroll down for Greek characters.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks! That'll come in handy.

7:27 AM  

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