[b-greek] RE: Is 7:14 and PARQENOS

From: David C. Hindley (dhindley@compuserve.com)
Date: Mon Apr 09 2001 - 09:10:13 EDT

Roger Hutchinson asked:

>>Regarding the use of PARQENOS in Matthew [1:22-23] to translate the
Hebrew word almah in Isaiah 7:14, which of the following would be

1. PARQENOS is a poor choice for the translator to use to translate
almah since it does not accurately convey the meaning of almah in
Isaiah 7:14; if so, what is the better Greek word (or term) that the
translator might have used;

2. PARQENOS is the best choice available for the translator to use
since there is no unique word in the Greek that corresponds to almah,
and PARTHENOS bests conveys the essential meaning of almah as used in
Isaiah 7:14; or

3. We do not know one way or the other, so the translation can be
viewed as good or bad depending on one's exegetical inclinations.<<

John P. Meier, in _A Marginal Jew_ (vol 1, 1991, pg 243) recommends G.
Delling's article "parthenos" in TDNT 5 (1968, pg 827).


Dave Hindley
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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