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Contextual Interpretation In LXX-Isaiah

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“Contextual interpretation” means not simply that the translator takes into account the ambient phrase or sentence, but the larger picture of the paragraph, the chapter, or the book. A form of contextual interpretation frequently considered basic to the translator’s Übersetzungsweise is “contemporization.” The context, in this case, is not literary but the translator’s historical and political milieu. The idea that a translator would engage in Erfüllungsinterpretation seems peculiar, on the face of it. But then, this translator’s reformulations, substitutions, and insertions of phraseology from other sources ill accord with what we consider permissible translation tactics. Identifying “contemporizations” in LXX-Isaiah presents special hurdles. Detecting Matthew’s reflections of his era is simplified by our ability to assume that he understood the traditions he received, since they were in the same language in which he composed his work.

Keywords: contemporization; contextual interpretation; LXX-Isaiah; translator’s reformulations



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