[b-greek] Re: IAW = IAO, IAWE = IAVE

From: GregStffrd@aol.com
Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 12:09:35 EST

In a message dated 02/19/2001 6:22:43 AM Pacific Standard Time,
eacuna@mail.giga.com writes:

<< The names Ia, Iao, are presented as connected to magic in literature and
 amulets. Iao as a phonetic transcription of IAW provides the evidence. >>

Dear Eduardo:

I believe Rolf's point was that the LXX's use of IAW cannot be shown to be
connected in any way with magical arts. If you have such evidence, rather
than reference books perhaps you could cite some material from the books
containing evidence for the connection you see between the *Jewish* use of
IAW and magical arts. This particular form of the divine name is commonly
associated with normal Jewish usage. It is only later that IAW and many other
forms of the divine name became a part of various incantations and spells, as
we see in the Greek magical papyri.

Regarding Jewish/Biblical usage, Diodorus (1.321) writes about Moses who
"referred his laws to the god who is invoked as IAW."

In Contra Celsus (6.32) Origen refers to those involved in the magical arts
who took the name IAW "from the Hebrew Scriptures," which is the "name used
ONOMAZOMENON). The form IAWIA is listed in the main text of Paul Koetschau's
Origenes Werke, but Chadwick (Origen: Contra Celsum, note 1) cites both IAW
and IAWIA as forms of the divine name used in this citation.

In support of Rolf's evidence from the Hexapla, the LXX uses the Greek alpha
in transliterating the Hebrew sheva in "Zebulun" (Gree: ZABOULWN), "Jediael"
(Greek: IADIHL), and "Jehiel" (Greek: IAIHL).

Best regards,

Greg Stafford

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