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“Translation is Required”: The Septuagint in Retrospect and Prospect
Hiebert, Robert J. V., editor

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010 pp. xvii + 248. $31.95

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Description: This volume, which includes papers delivered at an international conference sponsored by the Septuagint Institute of Trinity Western University, addresses topics such as the nature and function of the Septuagint, its reception history, and the issues involved in translating it into other languages. The collection highlights the distinction between the Septuagint as produced (i.e., the product of the earliest attempt to translate the Hebrew Bible) and the Septuagint as it subsequently came to be received (i.e., as an autonomous text independent of its Semitic parent). It also reflects the kind of discourse currently taking place in the field of Septuagint research, celebrates the appearance of three modern-language translations of the Septuagint, and sets the stage for the next level of investigation: the hermeneutical/interpretative task associated with the production of commentaries.

Subjects: Bible, Septuagint, Literature

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Review by Karen Jobes
Published 10/4/2011
Citation: Karen Jobes, review of Robert J. V. Hiebert, ed., “Translation Is Required”: The Septuagint in Retrospect and Prospect, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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