In yesterday's post, I did a series of searches of the MT/LXX. First, I searched for all occurrences of the Hebrew word *bara* using the Merge command. This returned 54 hits. Then I searched for all the places where *bara* is translated with *poieo* in the Greek Septuagint. The number of hits returned was 30. Then I searched for all the places *bara* is **not** translated with *poieo*. This returned 39 hits.

Does anyone see a problem with those numbers? If there are 54 occurrences of *bara* and 30 of them are translated with *poieo*, we would expect our search for those cases which are not translated with *poieo* to number just 24 (54 - 30 = 24), not 39!

There's a logical explanation for these numbers, but I want to see if you can tell me what it is. Feel free to leave your explanations in the comments on this post, and I'll follow up with a more complete explanation.

# posted by David Lang @ 7:59 AM