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Some Translation And Copying Mistakes From The Original Hebrew Of The Testaments Of The Twelve Patriarchs

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The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs has a complicated history of composition. Some of this history is still in dispute, so the chapter begins by setting out briefly the authors' understanding of how this book came to be. The chapter focuses on a few copying and translation errors that, bear witness to the earlier, Hebrew stage of the Testaments. Such mistakes are far more numerous than the brief sampling given here; in fact, the chapter finds similar errors in each of the twelve Greek testaments. The phrase "near to Ephrata, house of Bethlehem" is somewhat strange. This is the reading favored by De Jonge in his critical edition. The Testament of Levi reports on Levi's heavenly ascent, during which an angel explains to him the makeup of heaven, which consists of various Levels.

Keywords: copying mistakes; Greek testaments; Hebrew text; The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs; translation errors



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