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Anti- Syrian And Anti-Samaritan Bias In LXX-Amos

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The description of the methodology of the translator of Amos suggests his technique is similar to the translator of Zechariah. It is clear his opportunities for theologizing or expressing his viewpoint are limited. Thus, if the translator of Amos is also the translator of Zechariah he would follow primarily the main emphases in the MT and to develop his unique contributions from it. One of the main themes in all versions of Amos is the judgment on the Northern Kingdom of Israel because of their sins. The various expressions of this judgment on the Northern Kingdom in LXX-Amos are directed to Israel, Samaria, the worship at Bethel, or other place names in the North of Israel. This chapter concentrates on passages in LXX-Amos that give evidence of anti-Syrian and anti-Samaritan bias. It also considers two other related topics: anti-Baal polemic, and polemic against false religion and Hellenizing priests.

Keywords: anti-Baal polemic; anti-Samaritan bias; anti-Syrian; Hellenizing priests; Israel; LXX-Amos; MT; Zechariah



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