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Faith, Hope and Interpretation: A Lexical and Syntactical Study of the Semantic Field of Hope in the Greek Psalter

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The Psalter, both Hebrew and Greek, is a religious document which can be expected to give to the attentive reader insights into the religious life, ideas and attitudes of those who were its original users. One of the most central and constant characteristics observed in the attitude of the Hebrew prayers to God is trust, confidence in God. The translator of the Psalter is known for his habit of using the Greek Pentateuch as his dictionary as well as his scripture, as a model for both translation equivalents and theology. Within certain limits, this individual translator was able to give the text of the Greek Psalter his personal touch. A certain shift was observed in expressions referring to the attitude of the petitioner to God, a shift from "trust" or "confidence in God" to "putting one's hope in God".

Keywords: God; Greek Pentateuch; Greek Psalter; Hebrew prayers; hope



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