Armenian love-verse from a sixteenth-century catholicos   Leave a comment

I’ve been reading lately through Michael E. Stone, Adam and Eve in the Armenian Traditions, Fifth through Seventeenth Centuries, Early Judaism and its Literature 38 (Atlanta, 2013), a thick volume that collects, in Armenian and English, references to Adam & Eve, the serpent, the Garden of Eden, etc., from over a millennium of Armenian literature. There are, of course, very many interesting passages that students of the history of biblical interpretation, patristics, and Armenian will appreciate. Especially for the last named group, students of Armenian, here are a few lines of a love poem by Grigoris Ałt’amarc’i (1480-1544), kat’ołikos from 1510 (see Stone, p. 688). Stone (p. 636) publishes the lines from Mayis Avdalbegyab, Գրիգորիս Աղթամարցի, XVI դ. Ուսումնասիրություն, քննական բնագրեր եւ ծանոթություններ (Grigoris Ałt’amarc’i: Study, Critical Texts, and Commentary) (Erevan, 1963), which I do not have access to. These are apparently lines 215-218 from the poem. These lines rhyme in -ին.

Թէ տեսանեմ ըզքեզ կրկին,

Լուսաւորի միտքս իմ մթին,

Եւ տամ համբոյր շրթանց քոյին,

Նա վերանամ ես ի յԱդին։

Vocabulary:

  • տեսանեմ, տեսի to see
  • կրկին doubly, again
  • լուսաւոեմ, -եցի to illuminate, brighten
  • միտք, մտաց, մտօք mind
  • մթին gloomy, dark
  • տամ, ետու to give
  • համբոյր, -բուրից kiss (cf. Geo. ამბორი)
  • շուրթն, շրթան, շրթունք, -թանց lip
  • քոյին a longer form of քո
  • վերանամ, -ացայ to rise, ascend, leave

Here is Stone’s translation:

If I see you again,

My dark mind is illuminated,

And I give a kiss to your lips,

Indeed I ascend to Eden.

 

Old Georgian phrases and sentences 65 (from the Song of Moses)   Leave a comment

Amid the multi-versioned and oft performed corpus of American folk songs is “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” which has in the refrain,

Pharaoh’s army got drownded,

O Mary, don’t weep!

This heilsgeschichtliche intertextuality bridges together — to name only two points in the song’s potential panorama — events in the experience of Mary, Lazarus’ brother (John 11), and a high point at the beginning of the Exodus, the passage through the Red Sea. (See the song, with only two verses, in Sandburg’s American Songbag here.) The imagery of the Red Sea, of course, has often been picked up by the religious who knew the story. Here’s an example from a ps.-Ephremian collection of prayers in Armenian:

Ըկղմեա՛ Տէր՝ զթշնամին իմ որպէս զզօրութիւն փարաւոնի…

Drown, O Lord, my enemy, [as you did] the army of Pharaoh…

Mathews, The Armenian Prayers (Աղօթք) attributed to Ephrem the Syrian, TeCLA 36 (Gorgias, 2014), I.63, pp. 42-43

So for today’s OGPS, here — and the idea to do these verses really did originate in my recollection of the song — are verses 1, 4-5 from Exodus 15, with the song celebrating the event put into the mouth of Moses and the Israelites. These verses are not in the Oshki text, but I give them below (with LXX) from the Jerusalem lectionary:

  • JL = Jerusalem lectionary (Paris ms), ed. K. Danelia, S. Č’xenkeli, B. Šavišvili

In addition, I’m including the text from the first Ode (Ex 15) that appears at the end of the Psalter according to the following editions:

  • A = Rec. A, ed. Mzek’ala Šaniże
  • G= Graz ms, ed. V. Imnaišvili

(Electronic forms of these editions are all available at TITUS.) There are only minor differences between the three texts.

Exodus 15:1

1 Τότε ᾖσεν Μωυσῆς καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ τὴν ᾠδὴν ταύτην τῷ θεῷ καὶ εἶπαν λέγοντες ῎Αισωμεν τῷ κυρίῳ, ἐνδόξως γὰρ δεδόξασται· ἵππον καὶ ἀναβάτην ἔρριψεν εἰς θάλασσαν.

JL1 მას ჟამსა უგალობდეს ძენი ისრაჱლისანი გალობითა ამით: ჴმითა: უგალობდეთ უფალსა, [რამეთუ] დიდებით დი[დებულ არს], ცხენები და მჴედრები შთასთხია ზღუასა.

  • უ-გალობ-დ-ეს impf 3pl გალობა to sing
  • გალობაჲ song
  • ჴმაჲ voice
  • უ-გალობ-დ-ე-თ 1pl pres impv (or 1pl pres conj) გალობაჲ to sing
  • დიდებული praised, to be praised
  • ცხენი horse
  • მჴედარი rider, soldier
  • შთა-ს-თხი-ა aor 3sg O3 შთათხევა to throw, cast (NB the pl objects here are both in -ებ, so there is no N-pl marker in the verb; see the Excursus below for some other occurrences of the verb)
  • ზღუაჲ sea

G1 […] უგალობდეთ უფალსა, რამეთუ დიდებით დიდებულ არს; ცხენები და მჴედრები შთათხია ზღუასა.

A1 […] უგალობდეთ უფალსა, რამეთუ დიდებით დიდებულ არს; ცხენები და მჴედრები შთასთხია ზღუასა.

Exodus 15:4

4 ἅρματα Φαραω καὶ τὴν δύναμιν αὐτοῦ ἔρριψεν εἰς θάλασσαν, ἐπιλέκτους ἀναβάτας τριστάτας κατεπόντισεν ἐν ἐρυθρᾷ θαλάσσῃ.

JL4 ეტლები ფარაოისი და ყოველი ერი მისი შთასთხია ზღუასა, რჩეული მჴედარი მთავართაჲ მათ დაანთქა ზღუასა მას მეწამულსა.

  • ეტლი wagon, chariot
  • რჩეული choice, chosen (i.e. of high quality)
  • და-ა-ნთქ-ა aor 3sg და(ნ)თქმა to sink (here causative with -ა-)
  • მეწამული red

G4 ეტლები ფარაოჲსი და ყოველი ერი მისი შთათხია ზღუასა, რჩეული მჴედრები მთავართაჲ მათ დაათქა ზღუასა მას მეწამულსა;

A4 ეტლები ფარაოჲსი და ყოველი ერი მისი შთასთხია ზღუასა, რჩეული მჴედრები მთავართაჲ მათ დაათქა ზღუასა მას მეწამულსა;

Exodus 15:5

5 πόντῳ ἐκάλυψεν αὐτούς, κατέδυσαν εἰς βυθὸν ὡσεὶ λίθος.

JL ზღუამან დაფარნა იგინი, დაჴდეს და დაერინეს იგინი სიღრმესა მას უფსკრულთასა, ვითარცა ლოდნი.

  • და-ფარ-ნ-ა aor 3sg N დაფარვა to cover
  • და-ჴდ-ეს aor 3pl დაჴდომა to go down
  • და-ე-რი-ნ-ეს aor pass 3pl დარევა to conquer, overpower, subdue (aor pass 3sg დაერია)
  • სიღრმეჲ the deep
  • უფსკრული abyss, bottomless
  • ლოდნი stone

G5 ზღუამან დაფარნა იგინი, დაჴდეს და დაიძირნეს სიღრმესა მას უფსკრულთასა ვითარცა ლოდნი.

  • და-ი-ძირ-ნ-ეს aor pass 3pl დაძირვა to send to the bottom

A5 ზღუამან დაჰფარნა იგინი, დაჴდეს და დაიძირნეს სიღრმესა მას უფსკრულთასა ვითარცა ლოდნი.

Note that for the first verb the agent in Greek is apparently God, but in Georgian it’s the sea. Also notable is that there are two doublets in the second part of the verse: we have two verbs in Georgian where Greek has only κατέδυσαν, and for εἰς βυθὸν there are two related nouns in სიღრმესა მას უფსკრულთასა.

We have another Georgian translation of part of these verses. Verse 4 with the beginning of 5 also appears, slightly differing, in the Georgian version of the Chronicle of George the Monk, § 8, p. 255.1-3:

ეტლები ფარაოჲსი და ყოველი ძალი მისი შთასთხია ზღუასა. რჩეული მჴედრები სამმდგომთაჲ მათ დაანთქა ზღუასა მეწამულსა. ღრმამან დაფარნა იგინი

This agrees with the Mc’xet’a Bible. Here we have ძალი “strength, power, might; army” instead of ერი, სამმდგომთაჲ “officer” (vel sim.) instead of მთავართაჲ, and instead of ზღუამან in verse 5 ღრმამან “deep, the deep” (ღრმაჲ; cf. სიღრმეჲ above).

Excursus on შთათხევა to throw, cast

For a fuller grasp of this verb, here are a few more biblical occurrences. I include the Greek for each quoted Georgian part, but, as you will see, there are places where the two texts are divergent. Here we see a Series I impv and a few more examples of Series II forms to compare with the aor form that appears above.

Ex 1:22

εἰς τὸν ποταμὸν ῥίψατε

Oshki მდინარესა შთასთხევდით

  • შთა-ს-თხევ-დი-თ pres impv 2pl O3

Jer 41:7

(48:7) καὶ ἐγένετο εἰσελθόντων αὐτῶν εἰς τὸ μέσον τῆς πόλεως ἔσφαξεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ φρέαρ.

Oshki და იყო რაჟამს შევიდეს იგინი შოვა ქალაქსა, მოწყჳდნა იგინი ისმაელ, და შთასთხინა იგინი ჯურღმულსა მან და კაცთა მათ მისთანათა.

  • შთა-ს-თხი-ნ-ა aor 3sg O3 N

(ჯურღმული “well, pit” occurs in other places below)

Dan 6:24

OG (25) καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες αὐτῶν καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτῶν ἐρρίφησαν τοῖς λέουσι

Th (25) καὶ εἰς τὸν λάκκον τῶν λεόντων ἐνεβλήθησαν αὐτοὶ καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτῶν καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες αὐτῶν

Oshki და შთასთხინეს ჯურღმულსა მას ლომთასა იგინი და ძენი მათნი და ცოლნი მათნი

  • შთა-ს-თხი-ნ-ეს aor 3pl O3 N (the Greek is passive, but the Georgian active)

Bel 42

OG καὶ τοὺς αἰτίους τῆς ἀπωλείας αὐτοῦ ἐνέβαλεν εἰς τὸν λάκκον

Th καὶ ἀνέσπασεν αὐτόν τοὺς δὲ αἰτίους τῆς ἀπωλείας αὐτοῦ ἐνέβαλεν εἰς τὸν λάκκον

Oshki ხოლო ბრალეულნი იგი წარწყმედისა მისისანი შთასთხინა მეფემან ჯურღმულსა მას

  • შთა-ს-თხი-ნ-ა (as above)

Mt 13:50

καὶ βαλοῦσιν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρός· ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων

Adishi და შთასთხინენ იგინი საჴუმილსა მას ცეცხლისასა. მუნ იყოს ტირილი და ღრჭენაჲ კბილთაჲ.

JerLect: და შთასთხინენ იგინი შორის საჴუმილსა მას ცეცხლისასა. მუნ იყოს ტირილი თუალთაჲ და ღრჭენაჲ კბილთაჲ.

  • შთა-ს-თხი-ნ-ენ aor conj 3pl O3 N

From Siirt to Sharur: A relocating scribe’s East Syriac colophon from the 19th century   Leave a comment

DCA (Chaldean Diocese of Alqosh) 62 contains various liturgical texts in Syriac. It is a fine copy, but the most interesting thing about the book is its colophon. Here first are the images of the colophon, after which I will give an English translation.

DCA 62, f. 110r

DCA 62, f. 110r

DCA 62, f. 110v

DCA 62, f. 110v

English translation (students may see below for some lexical notes):

[f. 110r]

This liturgical book for the Eucharist, Baptism, and all the other rites and blessings according to the Holy Roman Church was finished in the blessed month of Adar, on the 17th, the sixth Friday of the Dominical Fast, which is called the Friday of Lazarus, in the year 2150 AG, 1839 AD. Praise to the Father, the cause that put things into motion and first incited the beginning; thanks to the Son, the Word that has empowered and assisted in the middle; and worship to the Holy Spirit, who managed, directed, tended, helped, and through the management of his care brought [it] to the end. Amen.

[f. 110v]

I — the weak and helpless priest, Michael Romanus, a monk: Chaldean, Christian, from Alqosh, the son of the late deacon Michael, son of the priest Ḥadbšabbā — wrote this book, and I wrote it as for my ignorance and stupidity, that I might read in it to complete my service and fulfill my rank. Also know this, dear reader: that from the beginning until halfway through the tenth quire of the book, it was written in the city of Siirt, and from there until the end of the book I finished in Šarul, which is in the region of the city of Erevan, which is under the control of the Greeks (?), when I was a foreigner, sojourner, and stranger in the village of Syāqud.

The fact that the scribe started his work in Siirt (now in Turkey), relocated, then completed his work, is of interest in and of itself. As for the toponyms, Šarul here must be Sharur/Şərur, now of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (an exclave of Azerbaijan), which at the time of the scribe’s writing was under Imperial Russian control, part of the Armenian Province (Армянская область), and prior to that, part of the Safavid Nakhchivan Khanate, which, with the Erevan Khanate, Persia ceded to Russia at the end of the Russo-Persian War in 1828 with the Treaty of Turkmenchay (Туркманчайский договор, Persian ʿahd-nāme-yi Turkamānčāy). The spelling of Erevan in Syriac above matches exactly the spelling in Persian (ايروان). When the scribe says that Šarul/Sharur/Şərur is in the region of Erevan, he apparently means the Armenian Province, which contained the old Erevan Khanate. He says that the region “is under the control of the Greeks” (yawnāyē); this seems puzzling: the Russians should be named, but perhaps this is paralleled elsewhere. For Syāqud, cf. Siyagut in the Syriac Gazetteer.

See the Erevan and Nakhchivan khanates here called respectively Х(анст)во Ереванское and Х(анст)во Нахичеванское, bordering each other, both in green at the bottom of the map near the center.

For Syriac students, here are some notes, mostly lexical, for the text above:

  • šql G sākā w-šumlāyā to be finished (hendiadys)
  • ʿyādā custom
  • ʿrubtā eve (of the Sabbath) > Friday
  • zwʿ C to set in motion
  • ḥpṭ D incite (with the preposition lwāt for the object)
  • šurāyā beginning
  • tawdi thanks (NB absolute)
  • ḥyl D to strengthen, empower
  • ʿdr D to help, support
  • mṣaʿtā middle
  • prns Q to manage, rule (cf. purnāsā below)
  • dbr D to lead, guide
  • swsy Q to heal, tend, foster
  • swʿ D to help, assist, support
  • ḥartā end
  • mnʿ D to reach; to bring
  • purnāsā management, guardianship, support (here constr.)
  • bṭilutā care, forethought

So we have an outline of trinitarian direction in completing the scribal work: abā — šurāyā; brā — mṣaʿtā; ruḥ qudšā — ḥartā.

  • mḥilā weak
  • tāḥobā feeble, wretched
  • mnāḥ (pass. ptcp of nwḥ C) at rest, contented
  • niḥ napšā at rest in terms of the soul > deceased (the first word is a pass. ptcp of nwḥ G)
  • mšammšānā deacon
  • burutā stupidity, inexperience
  • hedyoṭutā stupidity, simplicity (explicitly vocalized hēdyuṭut(y) above)
  • šumlāyā fulfilling
  • mulāyā completion
  • dargā office, rank
  • qāroyā reader
  • pelgā half, part
  • kurrāsā quire
  • šlm D to complete, finish
  • nukrāyā foreigner
  • tawtābā sojourner
  • aksnāyā stranger
  • qritā village

A snake in the belly: An episode in the life of Symeon the Stylite (Armenian synaxarion)   Leave a comment

I have often turned here to Bayan’s ed. of the Armenian synaxarion in PO (see here for the appropriate volumes for each month). Thanks to archive.org, these volumes are all easily accessible, and thus it makes for a convenient reading-text. My colleague, Ed Mathews, in his recently inaugurated series of volumes providing an Armenian synaxarion text with facing ET, briefly sets forth the known versions of the synaxarion in Armenian and also points out that Bayan’s ed. is not quite what he says it is, namely, that of Tēr Israel (pp. xvii-xix). Others, too, have discussed the state of things with the Armenian synaxarion versions (see the bibliography below).

Among HMML’s collections there are, of course, some synaxarion manuscripts, so for today, here is one such manuscript, with a single episode from one of today’s commemorations, that of Symeon the Stylite, compared with Bayan’s edition. The manuscript in question is APIB (Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul, Balat) 1, dated 1637, and with very clear Bolorgir script. Our passage appears on p. 72, col. b, lines 10-20; the corresponding text in Bayan’s ed. is in PO 5: 470.

Here, then, is the manuscript image, the transcribed text of the manuscript and Bayan’s ed. aligned by sentence, some vocabulary and grammar notes for students of the language, and English translations of each.

APIB 1, p. 72, col. b, lines 10-20

APIB 1, p. 72, col. b, lines 10-20

A = APIB 1

B = Bayan

A Կին մի ի գիշերի ջուր ըմպելով. եւ ընդ ջրոյն գնաց յորովայն նորա ձագ աւձի։

B Կին ոմն ի գիշերի ջուր ըմպելով՝ եմուտ յորովայն նորա ընդ ջրոյն ձագ օձի,

  • ըմպեմ, արբի, ա՛րբ to drink (here inf.instr.)
  • գնամ, գնացի to go
  • որովայն, -ից belly
  • ձագ, -ուց young (of a particular animal)
  • աւձ, -ից serpent
  • մտանեմ, մտիմ մուտ to enter

A եւ սնեալ աճեաց ի փորն՝ եւ յո՛յժ չարչարէր ըզկինն։

B եւ սնեալ ի փորին՝ աճեաց եւ յոյժ չարչարէր զկինն.

  • սնանիմ, սնայ to be nourished, fed
  • աճեմ, -եցի to grow, increase
  • փոր, -ոյ/-ի belly, abdomen, insides, cavity
  • յոյժ very, very much, considerably
  • չարչարեմ, -եցի to torment, cause pain

A եւ նա՛ գնացեալ առ ս(ուր)բն սիմէոն եւ ասաց զկիրս անձինն աղաչելով զնա՝ զի աւգնեսցէ՛ նմա։

B եւ գնացեալ առ երանելին աղաչեաց։

  • ասեմ, ասացի to say
  • կիրք, կրից (pl. tantum) suffering, pain, torment, passions, emotion, sentiment
  • անձն, անձին, անձանց person, being, mind, heart, self
  • աղաչեմ, -եցի to supplicate, pray
  • աւգնեմ, -եցի to help, assist

A Եւ ընդ աղօ՛թել սրբոյն ել աւձն ընդ բերան կնոջն.

B Եւ սուրբն Սիմէոն աղօթիւք եհան զօձն ընդ բերան կնոջն.

  • աղօտեմ, -եցի to pray, intercede
  • ելանեմ, ելի to go out
  • աղօթք, -թից (pl. tantum) prayer
  • հանեմ, հանի to draw out, remove, take away

A եւ անկեալ յերկիր սատակեցաւ։

B եւ առժամայն սատակեցաւ

  • անկանիմ, անկայ to fall
  • սատակեմ, -եցի to kill, slay, slaughter, destroy (here aor m/p 3sg)
  • առժանայն immediately, suddenly

A Եւ է՛ր չափով կանգուն մի։

B եւ էր կանգուն մի։

  • չափ, -ուց/-ոց measure, measurement, quantity, proportion
  • կանգուն, -գնոց cubit (also straight, standing, firm, stable)

ET of the APIB 1 text

While a woman was drinking water at night, a young serpent went into her belly along with the water, and it was nourished and grew in her insides and was causing the woman considerable pain. So she went to Saint Symeon and spoke of her suffering, asking him to help her, and at the praying of the saint the serpent went out through the woman’s mouth, fell to the ground, and died. In size it was one cubit.

ET of Bayan’s text

While a certain woman was drinking water at night, a young serpent entered her belly along with the water, and it was nourished in her insides and grew and was causing the woman considerable pain. So she went to the blessed [Symeon] in supplication, and with his prayer Saint Symeon drew the serpent out through the woman’s mouth, and immediately it died. It was one cubit.

Bibliography

Adontz, N. “Note sur les synaxaires arméniens.” Revue de l’Orient Chrétien 24 (1924): 211–218.

Mathews, Jr., Edward G. On this Day: The Armenian Church Synaxarion, January. Provo, 2014.

Mécérian, J. “Introduction à l’étude des synaxaires arméniens.” Bulletin Arménologique, Mélanges de l’Université de S. Joseph 43 (1953): 99–128.

Nersessian, S. Der. “Le synaxaire arménien de Grégoire VII d’Anazarbe.” Analecta Bollandiana 68 (1950): 261–285.

Some forms of Old Georgian აქუს “to have”   Leave a comment

While reading in the Gospel of Mark in Old Georgian (Adishi) recently, I came across the words არღარა გაქუნს სარწმუნოებაჲ? (Mk 4:40) Since I knew the story and also had the Greek New Testament open beside me, I knew the text there was οὔπω ἔχετε πίστιν. In the verb გაქუნს I recognized ა-ქუ-ს “to have”, a so-called indirect verb, which for this verb has the possessor marked with the series of prefixes that are also used to mark Georgian objects in other instances (O1 მ-, O2 გ-, etc.) and the thing possessed in the nominative case. This Georgian verb is perhaps first retrieved mentally as the present, აქუს “he has”. But what about the -ნ- in our form, particularly the combination -ნ-ს?

First, let’s look at some other forms of the verb. For accessibility and clarity, we will use examples from the Gospels, in this case all from the Adishi text (available at TITUS). The pres has -ქუ-, as in მ-ა-ქუს I have, გ-ა-ქუს you have, etc.

Lk 7:40
Σίμων, ἔχω σοί τι εἰπεῖν
სიმონ, მაქუს რაჲმე სიტყუად შენდა

Mk 9:50
ἔχετε ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ἅλα
გაქუს თქუენ მარილი

Lk 18:22
πάντα ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον
ყოველი, რაჲ გაქუს, განყიდე

Jn 19:7
ἡμεῖς νόμον ἔχομεν
ჩუენ შჯული გუაქუს

The impf has -ქუნ-, as in X-ა-ქუნ-დ-ა:

Lk 19:20
ἰδοῦ ἡ μνᾶ σου ἣν εἶχον ἀποκειμένην ἐν σουδαρίῳ
უფალო, აჰა, ვეცხლი შენი, რომელი მაქუნდა დაკრძალული სუდარსა

Jn 9:41
οὐκ ἂν εἴχετε ἁμαρτίαν
ცოდვაჲმცა არა გაქუნდა

Mt 18:25
μὴ ἔχοντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἀποδοῦναι
და ვითარ არარაჲ აქუნდა გარდაჴდად

For the -ნ-, NB also ქონებაჲ “(the fact of) having, possessing” and derivatives (Sarjveladze and Fähnrich, Altgeorgisch-Deutsches Wörterbuch, p. 1279). In addition, when the possessed thing is plural, we have (with third person possessor) ჰ-ქონ-ან, also showing the loss of the version vowel ა-. Kevin Tuite (p.c.) points out a sentence illustrating both forms (singular possessed and plural possessed):

Sinai Mravaltavi, p. 167.35-36 (at TITUS here)

პეტრეს კლიტენი ჰქონან ცათა სასუფეველისანი და ბრძანებაჲ აქუს
Peter has the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and has the command.

Now for some forms in various persons with ა-ქუნ-ს:

Mt 14:17
οὐχ ἔχομεν ὧδε εἰ μὴ πέντε ἄρτους καὶ δύο ἰχθύας
არა გუაქუნს აქა, გარნა ხუთი პური და ორი თევზი

Mt 15:32
οὐχ ἔχουσιν τί φάγωσιν
არაჲ აქუნს, რაჲმცა ჭამეს

Mt 15:34
πόσους ἄρτους ἔχετε;
რაოდენი პური გაქუნს აქა?

Mt 21:26
πάντες γὰρ ὡς προφήτην ἔχουσιν τὸν Ἰωάννην
რამეთუ იოვანე ყოველთა წინაწარმეტყუელად აქუს (variant: აქუნს)

Mt 27:65
ἔχετε κοθστωδίαν
გაქუნს თქუენ დასი

Lk 5:24
ὅτι υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐξουσίαν ἔχει ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἀφιέναι ἁμαρτίας
რამეთუ ჴელმწიფებაჲ აქუნს ძესა კაცისასა ქუეყანასა ზედა მიტევებად ცოდვათა

Lk 12:19
ψυχή, ἔχεις πολλὰ ἀγαθὰ κείμενα εἰς ἔτη πολλά
სულო, გაქუნს ყოველი კეთილი დაუნჯებული მრავალთა წელთაჲ

And finally, our sentence that started this inquiry:

Mk 4:40
οὔπω ἔχετε πίστιν;
არღარა გაქუნს სარწმუნოებაჲ

These all have present meaning and they all translate a Greek present. (მ-/გ-/გუ-)აქუნს would seem to be, then, an allomorph of (მ-/გ-/გუ-)აქუს with the -ნ- of the root kept intact.

(Very many thanks to Kevin Tuite for discussing some of these forms with me.)

Old Georgian phrases and sentences 64 (Luke 4:34)   Leave a comment

Today’s lines are from the Gospel: the demoniac’s words of recognition to Jesus in Lk 4:34. The Georgian is straightforward, but first, here’s the Greek:

ἔα, τί ἡμῖν καὶ σοί, Ἰησοῦ Ναζαρηνέ; ἦλθες ἀπολέσαι ἡμᾶς; οἶδά σε τίς εἶ, ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ.

On ἔα, an exclamation especially common in Greek drama, see LSJ here; some translators, however, ancient (e.g. Peshitta, Harqlean, Armenian,* Vulgate) and modern (e.g. KJV), have taken the word to be the pres impv 2sg of ἐᾶν, spelled (and accented) the same way. For the Hebrew Vorlage (מה לי ולך) of τί ἐμοὶ/ἡμῖν καὶ σοί (cf. Lk 8:28, Jn 2:4), cf. Jdg 11:12, 1 Kgs 17:18, 2 Kgs 3:13; Hos 14:9 (Eng 14:8), 2 Chr 35:21.

Here’s the Georgian Adishi text:

ეჰა, რაჲ არს ჩემი და შენი, იესუ ნაზორეველო? მოხუედ წარწყმედად ჩუენდა, გიცით შენ, ვინ ხარ წმიდაჲ ეგე ღმრთისაჲ.

  • ეჰა An exclamation, this Georgian version, along with the Pre-Athonite and Giorgi’s, thus standing apart from both Syriac and Armenian.
  • მო-ხ-უედ aor 2sg მოსლვა to come
  • წარწყმედა to destroy
  • გ-ი-ც-ი-თ pres 1pl O2 ცოდნა to know (cf. Aronson, §9.1.4)

*The Armenian in Künzle’s ed. is թուղացո՛; the Zohrab Bible has the spelling թուլացո՛. In either case, it’s aor impv 2sg թուղ/լացուցանեմ, թուղ/լացուցի to let, permit, relax, loosen (cf. Nor Baṙgirk’ 1: 821a-b, Künzle, 2: 277).

Gregory the Illuminator and saints-for-idols replacement   Leave a comment

Here are a few lines from today’s reading in the Armenian synaxarion (text and FT in Bayan, Aug 25, PO 5: 433). The title of the reading is:

Տօն է ամենասրբուհւոց Աստուածածնին զոր կարգեաց սուրբն Գրիգոր Լուսաւորիչ։

  • ամենասրբուհւ all-holy, very holy
  • Աստուածածնին Mother of God
  • կարգեաց aor 3sg կարգեմ, -եցի to arrange, fix, establish

The Feast of the All-Holy Mother of God, which Saint Gregory the Illuminator Established

This paragraph explains how the famous Armenian saint replaced idol-worship in Caucasia with feast-days for the saints. See similarly Agat’angełos, §§ 48ff., and on Anahit and Aramazd, see Thomson’s remarks in the introduction to his edition and translation of Agat’angełos, pp. xxxviii-xlii. (For an earlier report on Anahit among the Armenians, see Strabo 11.14.16.) Anahit is in other places identified with the Greek Artemis, but here with Aphrodite.

Gregory the Illuminator, of course, was hardly the only idol-basher in the early centuries of Christianity. For Theodosius as one, for example, see Movsēs Xorenac’i, History of the Armenians, § 3.33 (Thomson, ET, p. 286). For a general reflection, see lines 867-884 of Grigor Magistros’ poem recently edited and translated by Abraham Terian: Magnalia Dei: Biblical History in Epic Verse by Grigor Magistros, Hebrew University Armenian Studies 14 (Leuven: Peeters, 2002; ET pp. 61-62, comm. pp. 98-99, Arm. 161-162).

Սուրբ Գրիգոր Լուսաւորիչն եւ մեծ հայրապետն ամենայն Հայոց Մեծաց կործանեաց զամենայն պատկերս կռոցն եւ եբարձ զդիւապաշտութիւնն յաշխարհէս Հայոց եւ Վրաց եւ Աղուանից,

  • հայրապետ patriarch
  • կործանեաց aor 3sg կործանեմ, -եցի to overthrow, destroy
  • պատկեր, -աց statue, idol, figure, icon, image, painting (< Parthian, Middle Persian patkar; cf. Aramaic paṯkar)
  • կուռք, կռոց (pl. tantum) idol, image, statue
  • եբարձ aor 3sg բառնամ, բարձի to lift up, raise, take away, destroy (NB the ե- augment, added as usual to aorist forms that would otherwise be monosyllabic)
  • դիւապաշտութիւն idolatry (demon-/devil-worship; cf. դեւ demon, devil [Middle Persian dēw] + պաշտեմ to worship, serve)
  • Վիրք Georgians
  • Աղուանք (Caucasian) Albanians

եւ փոխանակ շինեաց եկեղեցիս յանուն սուրբ աստուածածնին Մարիամու եւ սուրբ Կարապետին Յովհաննու։

  • փոխանակ substitute, alternative, exchange (cf. փոխեմ below)
  • շինեաց aor 3sg շինեմ, -եցի to found, build, construct
  • կարապետ, -ի forerunner, precursor, guide (for կար- here cf. the Iranian root in Middle Persian kārawān “caravan” and kārdāg “traveler”)

Եւ զտօնս պղծութեանն՝ փոխեաց ի տօնս սրբութեան, զի մինչ ի կռապաշտութիւն էր աշխարհս, տօնէին այսօր Անահիտ տիկնոջն եւ կոչէին զնա ծնունդ այրոյն Արամազդայ որ է Ափրոդիտէս ըստ յունականին։

  • պղծութիւն contamination, stain, impurity, pollution
  • փոխեաց aor 3sg փոխեմ, -եցի to change, transform, displace, transfer
  • կռապաշտութիւն idolatry, idol-worship
  • տօնէին impf 3pl տօնեմ, -եցի to feast, celebrate
  • այսօր this day (also today)
  • տիկին queen, empress, princess (decl. like կին; < *տի- + կին, as տէր < *տի- + այր)
  • կոչէին impf 3pl կոչեմ, -եցի to call, name
  • ծնունդ, ծննդեան, -դոց child, offspring (also birth, origin)
  • այրոյն (presumably an aberrant form of the gen.sg of այր, the usual classical form being առն)
  • յունական Greek

English translation:

Saint Gregory, the Illuminator and great Patriarch of all Armenia, overthrew all the statues of the idols and removed demon-worship from the land of the Armenians, Georgians, and Albanians, and as a substitute he founded churches in the name of the holy Mother of God, Mary, and the holy forerunner, John [the Baptist], and he changed the feasts of impurity to feasts of holiness. [The feast is today] because while the land was in idol-worship, on this day [Aug 25] they would celebrate Lady Anahit and they would call her the offspring of her husband Aramazd; she was Aphrodite among the Greeks.

(Thanks to Ed Mathews for discussing այրոյն with me.)

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