Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Psalms - let's read Greek

Louis Sorenson [Psalms GreekStudy Coordinator] psalms at is reading some popular psalms in a group - see here for instructions.

I joined in for psalm 1 - but there is not enough time in the day to do a psalm a week and compare 12 translations and translate Job - a job which is all engaging! Besides Greek is even more of a strain than Hebrew for me.

But Psalm 8 - the results on the list - are intriguing - where would I find the results? They are only on the emails received from the list. I say intriguing since none has taken this division of the text - reading roughly as follows (I think this is due to Fokkelman's influence on me about 2 years ago.)

יְהוָה our Lord
how majestic is your name in all the earth
יְהוָה אֲדֹנֵינוּ
מָה-אַדִּיר שִׁמְךָ בְּכָל-הָאָרֶץ
your splendor that is chanted
above the heavens by the mouth
of children and nurselings
אֲשֶׁר תּוּנָּה הוֹדְךָ
עַל-הַשָּׁמָיִם מִפִּי
You have set strength for the sake of your foes
that you might rest enemy and vengeance
יִסַּדְתָּ-עֹז לְמַעַן צוֹרְרֶיךָ
לְהַשְׁבִּית אוֹיֵב וּמִתְנַקֵּם

It may be that the Greek versification and reordering of the text does not allow such a reading.

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