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Personal Names In The Septuagint Of Isaiah

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This chapter deals with the representation of personal names in the Septuagint of Isaiah. It focuses on the translational, exegetical, and linguistic aspects of these names, not on the phonetic representation of the Hebrew. These names involve both personal and geographic names. Personal names are usually transliterated, even if they consist of two Hebrew components. Most names are transliterated into Greek without the characteristic case endings of Greek words. The numbers of Hellenized endings in Isaiah, as in the other Prophetical books, are higher by 10 percent than most Septuagint books probably because the Prophets contain a greater percentage of geographic names (places, regions, people) than, for example, the historical books. Inconsistency implies that a translator distinguished between the various meanings/usages/nuances of a word and by so doing he created several translation equivalents for the same Hebrew/Aramaic word.

Keywords: geographic names; Isaiah; personal names; Septuagint



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