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BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS 51 

with plants, the forms barsd'u and ramsd'u. Arab, absara, to 
adorn, corresponds to our to deck, and the primary connotation 
of iibsara, to conceive (dhsarati 'n-ndqatu) is to be covered (cf. 
German Deckhengst) . See my paper Was Damd an Aryan? in 
The Open Court, vol. 33, p. 87. 

Paul Haupt 

Johns Hopkins University 



THE ALDINA AS A SOUECE OP THE SIXTINA 

It is not known to me at the present writing whether the view 
advanced in the heading to this brief Note has been given utter- 
ance to by any Septuagint student. What I mean, of course, is 
that the editors of the Sixtina may have placed before the type- 
setters as 'copy' the Aldina into which they had entered the 
variants from the Vaticanus. In this way only, it seems to me, 
is it to be accounted for that an error of the Aldina in Joshua 
22 : 25 was carried into the Sixtina : Km aTraXXorpioia-ovrnv oi vioi 
w/x(oi/Tous mu)i/ 7J/XW. From the Sixtina (I have before me the 
Paris edition 1628) the error was carried into the editions based 
on the Sixtina (Bos, Walton, Holmes-Parsons; these I have on 
hand). Holmes-Parsons notes in the apparatus that 16. 18. 55. 
75. 106. 131. 134. 144. 209. Alex. Cat. Nic. have rovs mow t^/xw and 
30 T(oi/ w(oi/ riixwv. How careless this note is may immediately be 
recognized from the fact that the Compl. is not added as a witness 
for the correct reading. But as a matter of fact the wrong read- 
ing is found in none of the Greek manuscripts collated by the 
editors of the larger Cambridge Septuagint nor in some 17 addi- 
tional codices of which I possess photographs. In other words, 
the Aldine reading stands for the present as a singular reading 
which may have been copied from some Greek manuscript, but 
most likely in a misprint. Mill prints the correct reading and 
puts the wrong reading in the Apparatus ; and so does Breitinger. 
Walton conversely puts the correct reading at the bottom, and in 
the sixth volume records as witnesses for it (i. e. cod. Oxoniensis, 
75 Holmes-Parson, g Brooke-McLean) and C (= Complutensis). 
It remains to be added that Masius (Additamenta in Critici 
Sacri, Amsterdam 1698) remarks: In Graeeis codicibus per 



52 JOURNAL OP BIBLICAL LITERATURE 

librariorum errorem hie male seribitur tovs vicav pro rou? wovs. 
His Graeci codices are the Aldina and (infer en tially) its deriva- 
tives which served as a basis for his Greek retroversion of his 
Syriac; for beyond the Complutensian and the Vatieanus, the 
latter of which he casually looked into and just as often misrep- 
resents, he had no other Greek texts before him. 

Max L. Maroolis 
Dropsie College