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The Growth of the Book of Joshua in Light of the Evidence of the Septuagint

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The LXX of Joshua reflects many pluses, minuses, and differences which, when retroverted into Hebrew, present a book different from that contained in MT. The LXX of Joshua is important not only for the textual criticism of Hebrew book, but also for its literary criticism. The special contribution of the LXX was studied also by Orlinsky in a methodological study focusing on the minuses of the LXX. Some of the additions of MT reveal influence from Deuteronomy, both in direct quotes and in its characteristic deuteronomistic formulations. The additions of MT have to be analyzed in light of other phenomena in the LXX. The omissions and additions of the Vorlage of the LXX make the MT and LXX into two parallel editions differing with regard to their content. An analysis of the minuses leads to the conclusion that the edition of MT expanded the shorter one reflected in the LXX.

Keywords: deuteronomy; Joshua; LXX; septuagint



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