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Reconstructing The Vorlage Of LXX-Isaiah

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Reconstructing a translator’s Übersetzungsweise would be a simple matter if the translation were consistently transparent to the MT, but that is seldom the case and is certainly not true for LXX-Isaiah. Accordingly, the base line for assessing the Isaiah translator’s Übersetzungsweise is recovering his Vorlage. Based on his experience with the version, the author concludes that LXX-Isaiah contains interpretative elements and attests variants. He finds it impossible to attribute transpositions of words and phrases and every interchange or transposition of consonants to the translator’s exegesis. These types of errors are so common-place in our extant Hebrew manuscripts that denying they stood in the translator’s Vorlage amounts to special pleading, unless one can mount persuasive arguments about why the translator rendered against the grain of his Vorlage.

Keywords: Hebrew manuscripts; LXX-Isaiah; Reconstructing; translator’s Vorlage



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