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The Septuagint Reading of the Samson Cycle

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This chapter focuses on the interpretation of the Septuagint, that is, the Old Greek within the framework of the Hellenistic Judaism, when the Hellenistic Jewish authors recreated the heroes of Israel's past in different ways, and before its reception in later Judaism: Josephus, Pseudo-Philo, Rabbinic Judaism, and Christianity: the infance narratives of the Gospels and the Letter to the Hebrews, the Fathers, or even Samson as thinker of Milton's Samson Agonistes. The Old Greek of Judges is certainly a faithful translation of the Hebrew, but the translator was also interested in the fluidity and comprehension of the narrative. The chapter emphasizes on what has been lost in the process of translation. It focuses on a device that is usually overlooked in the analysis of the translation technique, the translation of the rhetorical figures and artistry of the original. Two characteristic passages of the Samson cycle are taken as an example.

Keywords: HellenisticJewish authors; Old Greek; Rabbinic Judaism; rhetorical figures; Samson cycle; Septuagint



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