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Introduction: The Method for the Book

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The Septuagint version of the book of Isaiah (LXX Isaiah) in several passages differs markedly from the Hebrew texts of this book as attested in the Masoretic text (MT) and in the texts from Qumran. This chapter analyzes in detail and from several points of view the Greek version of one of these passages, namely chapter 23, "the Vision of Tyre" To ό ραμαTυρου. It is a well-known saying that every translation is also an interpretation. This is certainly true, and it means that LXX Isaiah, being the first translation of the book of Isaiah represents the oldest interpretation of it. For the sake of clarity, however, one has to distinguish between sorts of interpretation. Apart from scattered remarks in earlier publications such as commentaries, the study of interpretative elements in the LXX started with the work of Z. Frankel.

Keywords: LXX Isaiah; Masoretic text (MT); Septuagint version



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