By H. St. J Thackeray
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Where there are doublets (transliteration appearing side by side with translation) the latter is doubtless to be regarded as the original text: the former has probably crept in either from the second column of the Hexapla (the Heb. transliterated) or from the sixth (Theodotion). On the other hand, the earlier translators for the most part rendered every word in the original, going so far as to translate the names of places. Transliteration is rare in the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Jeremiah a and the Minor Prophets.
The general Hellenistic rule that the comparative does duty for both degrees of comparison is reversed in the case of 1 Thumb Handbuch del' Neugr. Volkssprache 52. >. > is shown by the papyri to be a Hellenistic feature, though the frequency of the usage in LXX comes fr0111 the Heb. > occurs in the Hexateuch. The use of intransitive verbs with a causative sense is remal"kable: verbs in -fVHV and compounds of h afford most of the examples ((3arnAfvHv "to make king," E~attapT(lvHv "to cause to sin") : the limitation of the verbs affected indicates that the influence of the Heb.
Some forms, such as ov()ds, were "transitional," having a life of a few centuries only, and then passing out of existence. In other cases the competition between two forms has continued down to modern times. On what grounds, it may be asked, is it held that the KOLV~ was a language without dialectic differences? The sources of our knowledge of the KOlV~ in order of importance are: (I) the papyri, (2) the inscriptions, (3) the Hellenistic writers such as Polybius, (4) modern Greek. ), for a study of the language of every-day life as spoken by persons of all ranks in the social scale.
A Grammar of the Old Testament in Greek: According to the Septuagint: Introduction, Orthography, and Accidence by H. St. J Thackeray