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Original Hebrew of 1Maccabees Comes to Light


Shalom Chaverim,

I want to update you all on some of the work being done on the Hebraic Roots Version of the Apocrypha.  But before I go into that, I have another matter I need to address.

 

My laptop computer has died.  This laptop is a key part of the “recording studio” for Clear Truth as well as my other radio broadcasts/streams.  The desktop I am using now is not practical to use for audio.  If anyone out there has an old laptop (preferably one running Windows XP but that’s not a requirement) they would like to donate please email me at cleartruth@yahoo.com

Regarding the work on the Hebraic Roots Version of the Apocrypha, we have (thanks to one of our German supporters, acquired a copy of "Untersuchungen uber die Resteeines hebräischen textes vom ersten Makkabäerbuch" (Studies on the remains of a Hebrew text from the first Book of Maccabees) By Dr. Abraham Schweizer published in Berlin in 1901.

 

In this book Schweizer published a Hebrew manuscript of a large portion of First Maccabees, along with an study of the textual nature of the manuscript comparing it with the Greek and Syriac versions. Schweizer gives several pages of evidence to support his conclusion that this Hebrew is the original Hebrew of 1st Maccabees.

Two years later (1903) Charles Cutler Torrey criticized Schweizer's analysis in the Journal of Biblical Literature "Schweizer's 'Remains of a Hebrew Text of 1Maccabees."(JBL Vol. 22, No. 1), 1903. Torrey concludes that Schweizer was "too optimistic" the Hebrew is "a secondary recession" and "in no instance is there any ground for the contention that it has preserved the original reading, as against the other versions."

I have now had the opportunity to review Schweizer's arguments (they are all in German, but I am making my way through them with some language tools) and Torrey's counter arguments. Schweizer's arguments are very compelling and I am convinced he was correct. 

 

I am currently working on a parallel English/Hebrew translation of the manuscript and compiling some of Schweizer's arguments, adding some of my own and responding to Torrey's.

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