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The letter of Aristeas and the reception history of the Septuagint

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The argument in this chapter originated in two separate places: conversations about the methodological foundation for the New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS) and the proposed NETS Commentary Series, which will complement the NETS translations, and some preliminary thinking about the Letter of Aristeas. One of the important and productive consequences of the theoretical insights advocated by Toury is that they can provide a framework within which to ask historical questions about translations, since translation is a social behavior and translations, as he argues, are facts of target cultures. The chapter employs aspects of Toury's theoretical framework in order to discover what the Letter of Aristeas says about the intended function of the LXX and, since Toury's model posits a connection between intended function and textual-linguistic makeup, to see if Pseudo-Aristeas's construction comports with the evidence derived from the translations themselves.

Keywords: LXX; New English Translation of the Septuagint; Septuagint; The Letter of Aristeas; Toury



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