From: Steven Craig Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Oct 30 1999 - 16:43:27 EDT
<x-flowed>To: Dmitriy Reznik,
<< Could you help me with EP ESCATOU TWN hHMHRWN TOUTWN? >>
In the LXX one can find:
EP ESCATWN TWN hHMERWN (at Gen 49:1 LXX);
EP ESCATOU TWN hHMERWN (at Num 24:14 LXX);
EP ESCATWi TWN hHMERWN (at Deut 4:30 LXX);
EP ESCATWN TWN hHMERWN (at Hos 3:5 LXX);
EP ESCATWN TWN hHMERWN (at Mic 4:1 LXX);
EP ESCATOU TWN hHMERWN (at Jer 23:20 LXX);
EP ESCATOU TWN hHMERWN & EP ESCATWN TWN hHMERWN (at Dan 4:30 LXX).
Note that at times ESCATOS is singular (ESCATOU) and at other times plural
(ESCATWN), but without any real difference in sense. The preposition EPI
with the genitive, used temporally, means sometime like "in the time of."
Here at Hebrews 1:2, the phrase: EP ESCATOU TWN hHMHRWN TOUTWN could
literally be translated as: "at the last of these days." But such a literal
translation probably does not do justice to its real meaning. One might try
something more idiomatic, such as: "at these last days."
-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
"A thought is a tremendous mode of excitement" (Alfred North Whitehead,
"Modes of Thought," 36).
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