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Greek Jeremiah and the Land of Azazel

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This chapter focuses on a notable discontinuity in Hebrew-Greek lexical and grammatical equations from Greek translation of Jeremiah. For a translator, especially if he were not overly concerned about strict consistency of Hebrew-Greek equivalence, that would be reason enough. In Thackeray's theory Jeremiah 29 might function as a bridge between translator one and translator two. On the verbal side there is considerable differentiation within Greek Jeremiah. It should be clear at once that Leviticus 16 accords well with Greek Jeremiah, in view of its major theme of threat of exile and promise of post-exilic renewal in the first half of the book, and its description of exile and promise of return in the second half. In spite of the fact that Greek Jeremiah in some ways is a hyper-literalistic translation with much negative transfer from the source text, genuine exegesis of the source text can be discovered.

Keywords: exegesis; Greek Jeremiah; Hebrew-Greek equivalence; hyper-literalistic translation; Leviticus 16; Thackeray



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