Bert wrote:cweb255 wrote:If one would only look at the LXX for transliterations...
Can you elaborate how that helps the pronunciation?
cweb255 wrote:Well, we all know that tzaddi is tz/ts sound, and zayin is more of a st/z sound. The name Ezra is transliterated as ESDRAS and in Hebrew is ayin-zayin-resh-aleph. We also see the zayin in Ezekiel transliterated with a zeta, though... Hrm... I guess it is more complex than I thought. And what's even weirder is that Zephaniah is a sigma in Greek and a Tzaddi in Hebrew. Then again, this only shows for Hellenistic Greek, and none of this was translated until shortly before the end of the Greek era (sorry Bert, but there's only evidence for the Torah and possibly Ben Sira to have an early dating on them).
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