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Headword: Νοθεύει
Adler number: nu,447
Translated headword: bastardizes, adulterates
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] deceives, alters.[1]
See a most/very accurate martyr-story about the bastardization of the sacred scriptures in the paraphrase of the blessed Logothete on the martyrdom of Saint Lucian. For he says as follows: "This holy Lucian saw that the holy books had incorporated much counterfeit [material], because time had corrupted much of their content, and there had been continuous changes in them from one thing to another, and on account of certain worthless men, who had been in the forefront of Hellenism and who tried to pervert their meaning and sow in them much that was illegitimate. So he re-edited the books, taking his cues from the Hebrew language, which he had learned quite well, as he put much effort into the correction of the holy books."[2]
Greek Original:
Νοθεύει: ἀπατᾷ, ἀπαλλοτριοῖ. ζήτει μαρτυρίαν ἀκριβεστάτην τῆς νοθεύσεως τῶν θείων γραφῶν ἐν τῇ τοῦ μακαρίτου Λογοθέτου μεταφράσει τῇ εἰς τὸ μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου Λουκιανοῦ: φησὶ γὰρ οὑτωσί: ὁ θεῖος τοίνυν οὗτος Λουκιανὸς καὶ τὰς ἱερὰς βίβλους ἰδὼν πολὺ τὸ νόθον εἰσδεξαμένας, τοῦ τε χρόνου λυμηναμένου πολλὰ τῶν ἐν αὐταῖς καὶ τῆς συνεχοῦς ἀφ' ἑτέρων εἰς ἕτερα μεταθέσεως, καὶ μέντοι καί τινων ἀνθρώπων πονηροτάτων, οἳ τοῦ Ἑλληνισμοῦ προεστήκεσαν, παρατρέψαι τὸν ἐν αὐταῖς νοῦν πειρασαμένων καὶ πολὺ τὸ κίβδηλον ἐν ταύταις σπειράντων, αὐτὸς ἁπάσας ἀναλαβὼν ἐκ τῆς Ἑβραί̈δος ἀνενεώσατο γλώττης, ἣν καὶ αὐτὴν ἠκριβωκὼς ἐς τὰ μάλιστα ἦν, πόνον τῇ ἐπανορθώσει πλεῖστον εἰσενεγκάμενος.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius nu235 Theodoridis, where the editor suggests that the headword -- third person singular, present indicative active, of the verb νοθεύω -- might be quoted from Gregory of Nazianzus, Orations 37.8 (PG 36.292b).
[2] Symeon Metaphrastes, PG 114.401a; also in the Bidez-Winkelmann edition of Philostorgius, p. 187. Quoted already (with slight differences) at lambda 685.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 April 2008@14:55:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 25 April 2008@03:23:53.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaking) on 14 June 2013@08:30:15.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 14 June 2013@11:04:22.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr) on 15 June 2013@09:15:34.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 16 June 2013@00:34:02.


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