Wednesday, December 09, 2009

NewAdvent's New thing for Advent has unveiled a tool that must have been a tremendous amount of work. They have put online a side by side Greek - English - Latin comparative Bible. What a great work!

By the way, I checked the Jeremiah 33:14-16 and it isn't in that Greek version either. Now...I wish I could read Greek.


Moonshadow said...

This is very nice ... I bookmarked it.

I'm still trying to figure out what Fr. Haydock meant by "Chaldean" but I tend to think of the Gk OT as having "more" than the Hebrew.

However, since the LXX is the official OT for many Eastern Christian Churches, how do they handle such lacuna (for want of a better term) as we saw in Jeremiah?

Matt said...

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "handle" these lacuna. The way I handle issues of canonicity is how Trent taught it, which I think is the easiest explanation. "these books with all their parts as they are used to being read in the churches." (loosely quoted, I am on my iPhone at the moment).

I think a lot of people of the fundamentalist bent will get a little up in arms when you mention the idea that something like the Book of Jeremiah may have had more than one author, yet (let's say for arguments sake) if there are 2 authors they were both inspired. Thus the oldest manuscripts aren't necessarily the best. Thus is why it is so important to study scripture with the mind of the mind.

If we believe scripture is the inspired word of God, that is already a religious act of faith. My same faith tells me that Christ came to found his Church which tells us what is canonical, and I'm ok with that.

But I agree all of these historical and archeological issues are fascinating. But at the same time, where our Protestant and Jewish friends have erred in removing the "extra" books from the canon, so do many scholars today by removing things. Essentially, they have no authority to do so.

Moonshadow said...

I mean Eastern Orthodox Christians for whom the LXX is their official Old Testament.

And I'm thinking, in particular, of Westerners who "convert" to Eastern Orthodoxy, maybe even unaware of the differences, especially because I (as a Westerner) tend to think that the LXX is "larger" than the Hebrew. If I converted to Orthodoxy, let's say, I would be surprised to learn that some portions of Jeremiah are missing. The differences aren't only due to numbering and sequence, are they? Passages are missing, aren't they?

Wiki: Most obvious are major differences in Jeremiah and Job, where the LXX is much shorter and chapters appear in different order than in the MT ...

Matt said...

Oh, "they" I can't even read.

Yeah, that is an interesting conundrum. I guess that is why the Catholic Church is said to have fullness of Truth.

I gave some friends who are close with an Orthodox seminarian. I'll see if they can get some info for us.

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton