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Intertextual Readings in the Septuagint

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This chapter demonstrates that intertextuality, or rather intertextual reading in the Septuagint (LXX) took place on more than one level. The individual translators were clearly guided by the concept of contextuality. As an example of this contextual approach in LXX Proverbs, the author can refer to the deliberate avoidance of misunderstanding by the translator concerning the persons responsible for the Proverbs. In Proverbs 30 and 31 the names of Agur and Lemuel are removed from the Septuagint since they seem to contradict what Proverbs 1 verse 1 says, namely that Solomon, the son of David, the king of Israel is actually the author of these Proverbs. Finally, the application of intertextual/intratextual readings was clearly deemed functional by the translator, for it is clear what the intent of this translator was, namely "to make the intention of his parent text, as he understood it, evident to his readers".

Keywords: David; intertextuality; Israel; Proverbs; Septuagint (LXX); Solomon

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