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Transformations in the Septuagint: Towards an Interaction of Septuagint Studies and Translation Studies
van der Louw, Theo A. W.

Leuven: Peeters, 2007 pp. xv + 403. Ä42.00

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Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 47


Description: This study inaugurates interaction between Septuagint research and Translation Studies. From the field of Translation Studies the author has singled out approaches suited to LXX-research. The historical survey of views of translation in Antiquity reveals that among Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Jews similar disputes about language and translatability existed. Three Septuagint-chapters, Genesis 2, Isaiah 1 and Proverbs 6, are analysed in-depth, whereby the transformations ('shifts') are categorised with help of linguistic Translation Studies. Before ascribing 'deviations' either to the translator's ideology or to a variant in the Hebrew parent text, we must ascertain that the 'deviation' does not have a purely translational origin. Every transformation has a reason, and by categorizing the reasons behind all transformations one can trace the translational hierarchy that (un)consciously guided the translator. The rationale behind a transformation can be detected by analysing the literal alternative which the translator rejected. The conclusions of this study are of importance for Translation Studies, Classical Studies and Theology.

Subjects: Bible, Septuagint, Literature

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Review by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Published 10/25/2008
Citation: Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, review of Theo A. W. van der Louw, Transformations in the Septuagint: Towards an Interaction of Septuagint Studies and Translation Studies, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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