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J. W. WEVERS, Text history and text criticism of the Septuagint

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Proper use of the Septuagint for text critical purposes presupposes the fact that it is a translation document. Once a translation exists its independent scribal history is irrelevant for Hebrew text criticism except so far as contact with the original language still obtains in either an immediate or a mediate context. This chapter examines the citations in some detail not in order to criticize the late editor but rather through an examination of some instances of misuse of the Greek of Dt. to establish certain general guidelines for its proper use in the text criticism of the Hebrew text. The author's first observation concerns the need for formal correctness, second plea concerns clarity of citation, and a third criterion for the correct use of Greek materials is adequacy. A further observation on the proper use of Greek evidence for Hebrew text criticism concerns the text tradition and its proper presentation.

Keywords: Greek evidence citations; Greek materials; Hebrew text; septuagint; text criticism; text history



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