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Visually Ambiguous Phenomenal

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This chapter examines three phenomena in LXX-Amos: homonyms, homographs, and word division. It demonstrates that variations of the LXX from the MT need not be the result of a variant Hebrew Vorlage. The translators faced many challenges in their attempts to render their Vorlage, and homonyms, homographs, and decisions about word-division were among them. Often they did not understand such visually ambiguous phenomena, and awareness of this pattern is necessary when attempting to understand the translation technique and to make decisions about LXX Vorlage. Of the three possible causes for translator misconstruing visually identical forms, the translator's lack of understanding of meaning or syntax and other problems in the immediate context seem to be the main causes. A close look at the contexts of variants from MT in visually identical forms always suggests there is something other than the translator's wider understanding that is the source of the variation.

Keywords: homographs; homonyms; LXX-Amos; MT; translation technique; visually ambiguous phenomena; visually identical forms; Vorlage; word division



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