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The Septuagint And Messianism: Problems And Issues

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The tradition of concern in Leuven with messianism and with the Septuagint forms a fitting background for the subject with which the present Colloquium is concernedthe question of whether an evolution in messianic beliefs is to be discerned in the Septuagint. At the same time the fact that the Dead Sea Scrolls in their entirety are now available in reliable editions makes it an appropriate moment to take up this question in that the Scrolls do provide us with some first-hand evidence of Jewish messianic belief in the pre-Christian period. According to the author, two specific questions need to be addressed. Firstly, what are the criteria that need to be met for determining whether the Septuagint has, or has not, introduced a messianic reference? Secondly, how are we to assess the implicationswhether for an individual book or for the Septuagint as a wholeof such references as do exist?.

Keywords: Colloquium; Dead Sea Scrolls; messianism; Septuagint



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