From Tomsk, Siberia in Russia
Opening the New Testament and Finding the Old II
Being an attempt to make full proof of the following proposition:
The writers of the New Testament wrote in Greek, but they thought in Hebrew.
The Old Testament thought form
There is a curious Hebraism which is very common in the Old Testament, but which is so foreign to the modern ear that it is all too often treated as an oddity that perhaps really means nothing at all. It is most familiar in a distinct type of proverb often known as the “numerical proverb.” The construction is disarmingly simple and quite flexible. It is the literary device which is framed in terms of a numerical progression – basically, “c, yea c + 1.” The wisdom teacher, Agur, especially loved this form of expression; four times in Proverbs 30…
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