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Messianism and Septuagint

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In his book on Royal Messianism, J. Coppens ascertains that the Septuagint shows signs of a developing messianism. When trying to defend the thesis of the "messianizing" character of the LXX, one should avoid arbitrary selections of proof texts. One should not overlook the many passages in the Greek version where a "messianizing" translation might have been expected but where it is not given. Indeed, many Hebrew texts receiving a messianic interpretation in the Targumim are translated literally by the LXX without any added messianic exegesis. The most pronounced messianic interpretation in the Greek text is probably due to Christian influence. The interpretation of the clause largely depends on the options of the exegete faced with the problems of textual and literary criticism in this verse and in the oracle as a whole. This is true for both the MT and the LXX.

Keywords: God; Hebrew text; J. Coppens; literary criticism; Royal Messianism; Septuagint



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