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On the Composition of Amos 1-2 LXX

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AbstractFor an adequate and readily verifiable description of a given text a count of the number of its words is of essential value. This article on the literary composition of Amos 1-2 LXX uses this numerical aspect as a main criterion. It is found that the author-translator frequently balances small and larger segments of his text; he favours round figures and square numbers, achieves clear and simple proportions within his composition, such as, i.a., the golden mean, and so on. He is not only a capable translator, but throughout this passage shows himself a skilful and competent craftsman, ambitious and well trained in the numerical features of ancient literary composition.

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