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The Translation and Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea
Tully, Eric J.

Leiden: Brill, 2015 pp. x + 369. $162.00

Series Information
Monographs of the Peshitta Institute, 21

Description: In The Translation and the Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea, Eric J. Tully offers the first study of the Peshitta conducted via insights and methods from the discipline of Translation Studies. Every translator leaves residue of his or her interference in the course of the translation process. This investigation analyzes that interference (seen in the form of translation shifts), categorizes it, and draws conclusions with implications for textual criticism, Translation Studies, historical reconstruction, and the history of interpretation. Eric Tully argues that the Peshitta was translated from a Hebrew text similar to the Masoretic Text (but not identical to it) and was also influenced by readings from the Greek Septuagint. The study concludes with a socio-historical profile of the translator. Just as an ancient person makes one kind of ceramic jug or bronze incense stand and not another, the translation is a literary artifact in which the translator has crafted a text that reflects his or her own values and technique.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory, Syriac, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Hosea

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Review by Jerome A. Lund
Published 2/9/2017
Citation: Jerome A. Lund, review of Eric J. Tully, The Translation and Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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