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Reflections On The ‘Interlinear Paradigm’ In Septuagintal Studies

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Septuagint scholars have been much exercised by the need to set the object of their investigations in a wider context. Several hypotheses have been proposed in answer what was the original function of the Septuagint and what were the needs that called forth its creation. In recent years, a new 'paradigm' of Septuagintal origins has spread like wildfire. The intention of the present paper is to take stock, to evaluate some of the main foundations of this new hypothesis, and to weigh it against earlier approaches. The theory of an interlinear origin of the Septuagint should not be rejected out of hand, but patiently examined and compared to other theories. Whatever its defects, the Septuagint was intended from the start to function as a stand-in, a substitute for the Hebrew Scriptures.

Keywords: Hebrew Scriptures; interlinear paradigm; Septuagintal studies



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