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Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics
Wagner, J. Ross

Tubingen/Waco, Texas: Mohr Siebeck/Baylor University Press, 2014 pp. xii + 295. $49.95

Description: A translated text is laced with interpretive assumptions. By focusing on the Septuagint, J. Ross Wagner highlights the creative theology hidden in translation. His model couples patient investigation of the act of translation with careful attention to the translated textsí rhetorical features. Wagner focuses upon Isaiahís opening vision, clarifying its language, elucidating its character, and contextualizing its message. Reading the Sealed Book demonstrates how such translations serve as distinctive contributions to theology and reveal the contours of Jewish identity in the Hellenistic diaspora.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism

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Review by Johann Cook
Published 3/20/2015
Citation: Johann Cook, review of J. Ross Wagner, Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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