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Augustine, Jerome And The Septuagint

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This article presents a content analysis of difference of opinion about the translation of the Old Testament from the Hebrew, which is read against the background of Augustine's remarks in three other works: the Confessions, Christian Instruction and The City of God. In examination of the differences of opinion on the translation articulated in the correspondence between the two, the author detects in Augustine's arguments some inconsistencies and internal contradictions. This may be attributed to an emotional attachment to the Septuagint which he does not succeed in supporting with logical arguments. In order to illustrate this, the chapter examines some aspects of Augustine's general approach to the interpretation of Scripture, and his attitude to the Septuagint. It considers his obvious awareness of the benefits of recourse to the original, and the last section analyses the criticism in letters 28 and 71 also with reference to Jerome's answer in letter 112.

Keywords: Augustine; Confessions, Christian Instruction; Jerome; Septuagint; The City of God.



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