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Of Kings and Reigns: A Study of Translation Technique in the Gamma/Gamma Section of 3 Reigns (1 Kings)
Turkanik, Andrzej S.

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008 pp. xiv + 231. Ä64.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 2/30

Description: In this study, Andrzeij S. Turkanik examines the question of translation technique in the gamma/gamma-section (2.11-21.43) of 3 Reigns (1 Kings) in the Septuagint. There exists a number of differences between the main textual witnesses, that is the Masoretic Text on the one hand, and the Old Greek translation on the other. These include additions, omissions, reorganisation of the material, as well as grammatical and syntactical differences between the Old Greek translation and the Masoretic Text. These differences have an effect on how the Greek text should be understood and interpreted. Before studies on a literary level can be carried out on the text, the practice of textual criticism helps to determine the status of the material being dealt with. Since the section under consideration has been considered the work of one translator, it provides the possibility of investigating the translatorís style of working. This study consists of a careful investigation of the text in both Greek and Hebrew in order to identify and categorise the differences between the Old Greek and the Masoretic Text. The author discusses and decides the evidence on a case-by-case basis. He proposes a profile of the translatorís work and asks questions about the reliability of the Septuagint version of the text for the recovery of the original text of 1 Kings.

Subjects: Bible, Septuagint, Literature

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Review by Johann Cook
Published 9/16/2010
Citation: Johann Cook, review of Andrzej S. Turkanik, Of Kings and Reigns: A Study of Translation Technique in the Gamma/Gamma Section of 3 Reigns (1 Kings), Review of Biblical Literature [] (2010).

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