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

From: Steve Puluka (spuluka@hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Apr 10 2001 - 05:21:32 EDT

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<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>----- Original Message -----<BR>From: &lt;<A
href="mailto:RHutchin@aol.com">RHutchin@aol.com</A>&gt;<BR>&gt; Roger
Hutchinson<BR>&gt; Citing Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23 has--<BR>&gt;
........<BR>&gt; Regarding the use of PARQENOS in Matthew to translate the
Hebrew word<BR>almah<BR>&gt; in Isaiah 7:14, which of the following would be
true--<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt; 1.&nbsp; PARQENOS is a poor choice for the translator to
use to translate almah<BR>&gt; since it does not accurately convey the meaning
of almah in Isaiah 7:14;<BR>if<BR>&gt; so, what is the better Greek word (or
term) that the translator might have<BR>&gt; used;<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt; 2.&nbsp;
PARQENOS is the best choice available for the translator to use since<BR>&gt;
there is no unique word in the Greek that corresponds to almah,
and<BR>PARTHENOS<BR>&gt; bests conveys the essential meaning of almah as used in
Isaiah 7:14; or<BR>&gt;<BR>&gt; 3.&nbsp; We do not know one way or the other, so
the translation can be viewed<BR>as<BR>&gt; good or bad depending on one's
exegetical inclinations.<BR><BR>None of the above.&nbsp; Matthew is not
translating&nbsp; the Hebrew, but citing an<BR>existing Greek translation known
as the Septuagint.&nbsp; A translation made by<BR>Jews for Jewish use during the
preceeding centuries.&nbsp; This became the<BR>version of scripture used by the
Christian Church and rejected by the Rabbis<BR>during the early Christian
period.&nbsp; This is still the authoritative version<BR>of scripture for
Orthodox Christian assemblies today.<BR><BR>Full details can be found in&nbsp;
Jellico, The Septuagint in Modern Study.&nbsp; A<BR>good on-line introduction to
topic can be found at:<BR><BR><A
own home page contains material on the Old Testament.&nbsp; The
introductory<BR>chapter of the Old Testament lesson contains the general
background on this<BR>issue.<BR><BR><A
Puluka<BR>Cantor Holy Ghost Church<BR>Carpatho-Rusyn
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