3876Re: tc-list Job 4:11 LXX
- Apr 1, 1998I asked my fellow Hellenists on the Koine Greek mailing list and they had
two good answers. They are as follows:
There is more about this in the revised supplement of LSJ. Cf. also LSJ
MYRMHX II. It appears there that MYRMHX was used not only in the sense
also referring to a fabulous animal of India. LSJ refers to Herodotus
Strabo 2.1.9 (gold-digging MYRMHKES), 16.4.15 (lions called MYRMHKES)
Job passage was given a number of allegorical interpretations by
writers (Didymus Caecus, John Chrysostom, Photius; cf. TLG), but the
of Job is likely to have had the same concept as Herodotus and Strabo in
Jerker Blomqvist, professor of Greek language and literature, Lund
AND this one...
Howere, after recalling where I have read on this animal, I consulted
are many versions and recensions, I consulted a critical edition of one
Slavonic version, where
comparison with Greek, Armenian and Ethiopian recensions is given). So,
I know well
that MYRMHKOLEWN is an animal having the face part of body of his father
lion, and another
part from his mother ant. He perished (Job 4:9) because, having such
parents, he was neither
predatory nor herbivorous.
NB. The stuff of _Physiologus_ may taken as going back to IVth century,
some or many
motifs may be much more earlier. A Jewish-Christian background of this
noted. So, it can reflect the same tradition as Job LXX.
So, it is important to know, was the MYRMHX of India herbivorous or not?
St.Petersburg Society for
Byzantine and Slavic Studies
So I hope that helps the discussion on the mysterious "ant-lion" of Job.
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