Since 2pm PDT is midnight, Athens time, it is now Thursday, September 17th, dedicated to a martyr who tried, as many oppressed parents try, to protect her children: Saint Sophia’s name day is on September 17th, meaning that Greeks around the world who carry the name Sophia are already beginning to celebrate their name days: Happy Name Day, Sophia(s)!!
So, now I see that my study of ancient Greek, with the goal of reading the Septuagint, maybe in slightly more updated Greek than the ancient Rabbinical translation that earned it the name “The LXX,” but still, not quite modern Greek. The form of Greek that seems to be used for this version of the Greek Old Testament is Koine, the same Greek used in New Testament times. My modern Greek, below these notes, is coming along a bit faster! Many libraries, and any Greek orthodox church, will have copies of the LXX, or a more modern Bible version in Greek.
My notes thus far:
1.0% “Είναι καθαρεύουσα. It’s Katharevousa.”
So, it turns out that a slightly more modern version of ancient Greek, known to Biblical scholars as Koine Greek, is what seems to have been used for this version of the LXX. Koine is the New Testament time period, and was about 600 years after the initial Rabbinical translation by the 70 rabbis of legend, in 300BC, for the Jews of Alexandria. The breathing marks and some of the ancient suffixes are there, enough to make it impossible for me to use my Modern Greek classes to pronounce this form of ancient Greek, but a Greek friend informs me that the published versions that I’ve found online via an LXX app are not the ancient version, since he can still understand it. More on my continuing striving with both LXX and modern Greek next week, friends:
Yassas, γεια σας !
Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:
1.) Download some public domain version of your favorite book!
2.) Read a page,
3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,
4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.
Let’s #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail and support these four key parts of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !
September, 12020 HE