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Perspective After The Exile: The King, עבדי , ‘My Servant’ In Jeremiah—Some Reflections On Mt And LXX

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The problem whether the longer (MT) version of the book of Jeremiah is prior to the 15% shorter (LXX) version or the other way round, chronologically speaking, remains an intriguing question in Old Testament research, which still has not been solved. This chapter draws the attention to another characteristic difference between the shape of the text of MT and LXX, namely a possible poetic form that seems to be preserved in the earliest extant version of Jeremiah. It deals with the topic of prose and poetry in Jeremiah. In an essay on linguistic peculiarities of MT-Jeremiah, Hermann-Josef Stipp listed peculiar vocabulary and idiom as found in MT-Jeremiah, while absent in LXX. Some of these peculiarities, like the mentioning of Nebuchadnezzar by name and the application of titles, such as my servant, to him are significant.

Keywords: MT-Jeremiah; my servant; Nebuchadnezzar



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