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The Greek Of The Bible: Translated Greek Or Translation Greek?

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This chapter argues that the translation process of the first books of the Septuagint, presumably the Pentateuch, created a new variety of Greek, which subsequently was used as a pattern for other translators and composers. The aim of the chapter is to point out the fact that most translators, consciously or not, actually decide what kind of language to use. More specifically, when a text was translated into Greek, the translator decided which variety of Greek to use for the translation. The chapter tries to point out that it is not necessary the translated Greek texts contain the translation Greek, nor is it necessary the texts originally composed in Greek contain the non-translation Greek. Any text translated or not translated could contain translation Greek or non-translation Greek. The reason for this is the fact that every translator/composer has to make a choice between several varieties of Greek.

Keywords: non-translation Greek; Pentateuch; Septuagint; translated Greek; translation Greek



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