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9 The Linguistic Profiles of the Short Edition and the Supplementary Material of Jeremiah

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The marked disparity between the Masoretic and Old Greek versions of the book of Jeremiah has long interested scholars. The two versions differ in terms of both the order and amount of material they present, the Hebrew version being significantly longer than the Greek. This work is the product of a more comprehensive investigation of the language of Jeremiah, principally from a diachronic perspective. In the course of the research for this monograph an effort has been made to compare the language of the short edition to that of the supplementary material and to discern any special correlation between the linguistic profile of the supplementary layer and the Hebrew characteristic of indisputably late material from the Bible and extra-biblical sources. In light of the linguistic disparity between the short edition of Jeremiah and the supplementary material, the latter's independent, secondary, and relatively late character can be discerned.

Keywords: Bible; book of Jeremiah; linguistic disparity; Old Greek versions

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