Re: [textualcriticism] Question regarding Kurios in the LXX/NT
Dear List members, On another list of which I am a member, another member posted this statement: "What we know is that NT manuscripts and LXX manuscripts from the second century CE contain the abbreviation KS (for KURIOS) where the tetragrammaton is expected. Further do we know that LXX manuscripts up to the middle of the first century CE contained the name (YHWH in Aramaic or Old Hebrew letters or IAW). This shows that between 50 and 150 CE, the text of the LXX was changed as far as the name of God is concerned. YHWH was removed and KS was written instead. I am not aware of any scholar who has the view that KS in NT manuscripts was written in the autographs, but such nomina sacra (there are several more abbreviations of the same kind) is a phenomenon of the second century CE. Thus, the NT text must have been changed between 50 and 150 as well." This is new information to me, and I would appreciate your assessment of the claims being asserted, particularly: 1) The evidence available that the LXX replaced YHWH for "Kurios" in the late 1st/early 2nd century, and if so the reasoning behind this; and 2) The claim that YHWH was in the original NT autographs and supplanted with Kurios, along with the claim that few, if any, scholars believe that Kurios is an original reading in the pertinent passages. Any insights or direction to online resources available concerning this subject would be greatly appreciated. Cordially yours, Chuck Wynn Campus Staff, Riverview Church
as far as I know, Pietersma's studies has shaken the long hold thesis, that pre-Christian LXX-mss never would utilize KURIOS:
- KURIOS was already in use in the pre-Christian era; the use of PIPI, IAW, YHWH etc. in LXX-uncials
is a later development within the LXX text history.
See Pietersma, A.: "Kyrios or Tetragram: A Renewed Quest for the Original LXX" in: Pietersma / Cox, De Septuaginta: Studies in Honour of John William Wevers ..., Mississauga 1984.
Wevers, John W.: "The Rendering of the Tetragram in the Psalter and Pentateuch: A Comparative Study" in: JSNTS 332 (2001), pp. 21-35.
- LXX-Mss written by Christians are distinguised from their Jewish counterparts by the use of the nomina sacra;
see for that: Hengel, Martin: The Septuagint as Christian Scripture, Edinburgh 2002, pp. 41-43; see also Aland, K.: Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri I, p. 3ff. Already in the first / second century, there are some
LXX-mss evidently used by Christians, using KS or QS to abbreviate, as is common in NT-mss.
- Thank you for your replies and information--they reaffirmed what I thought, but I wanted to be sure.
My apologies for posting material from another group list. The intent was to honor the author by fairly representing his point of view, but I shall be careful to do that in other ways in the future.
- Chuck,You have already received a number of informative responses; mine is simply one of clarification regarding what the member you cited claims. In the last half of your point 2 you ask listers to assess "the claim that few, if any, scholars believe that Kurios is an original reading in the pertinent passages."I am assuming that this refers to the member's statement, "I am not aware of any scholar who has the view that KS in NT manuscripts was written in the autographs, but such nomina sacra (there are several more abbreviations of the same kind) is a phenomenon of the second century CE."What seems to be claimed here has to do with the nomina sacra, KS, and not with the word Kurios.Sincerely,Ted=================================================
J. Ted BlakleyPh.D. Candidate The Gospel of Mark
University of St Andrews, Scotlandjtb1@...