Re: Aquila of Pontus' Greek OT

Rod Decker (
Tue, 14 Jan 1997 07:46:10 -0500

There have been a number of summaries already (so I deleted the first one I
wrote!). Here is a brief stmt. from ISBE as well as a sample of his
translation that has not yet been cited.

"the most literal form imaginable...attempted to reproduce the Hebrew text
word for word in Greek without regard to Greek grammar or syntax...although
stylistically a barbarous Greek translation and largely unintelligible
apart from the Hebrew..., nevertheless enjoyed great popularity and
longevity among the Jews of the Dispersion" (ISBE, rev., 4:404).

Gen. 1:1, from Aquila's transl." "In heading founded God with the heaven
and with the earth."


Rodney J. Decker, Asst. Prof./NT Baptist Bible Seminary Clarks Summit, PA