Excerpt from Scripture Onomatology: Being Critical Notes on the Septuagint and Other Versions, Illustrated by Proper Names; Also, Two Appendices on Alterations and Transcribers' Errors
We say then, at once, that if we 'enquire how those modern forms of Scripture names have be... en derived, and why so many of these derivations are so unlike their originals as almost to constitute new names, more or less different from those we read in the Hebrew; we shall find that they are mostly ascribable to two great causes, viz., Hellenization, and natural or accidental corruption. The one has sup plied the original variations, whose authors were chie¿y the translators; the other came at all ages from the hands of the transcribers.
Take first the corruptions of age. It is especially through this latter cause that the LXX., perhaps more than any other work written in any language, seems to have followed the English rule, that the spelling of names is arbitrary. In English we have Smith.
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