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Isaiah in the Septuagint

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The Old Greek of Isaiah (LXX Isaiah) is a very interesting witness to the history of interpretation and reception of the book of Isaiah at an early date. This is more so since LXX Isaiah represents a unique case within the LXX of the Old Testament as a whole, in being a free translation which reflects at several places an actualizing interpretation of the Isaianic prophecies. This chapter presents a survey of research on LXX Isaiah since the 1930s, and then examines a particular passage (LXX Isa 8: 11-16) in order to give an illustration of the profile of this translation. The work of two scholars, J. Ziegler and I.L. Seeligmann, has become of great importance to the study of LXX Isaiah. Ziegler has laid the basis for research on LXX Isaiah by producing a critical edition of LXX Isaiah within the framework of the Göttingen Septuagint Project.

Keywords: book of Isaiah; Göttingen Septuagint Project; Isaianic prophecies; Old Testament



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