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Septuagint, Underlying Knowledge of Hebrew
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Although the Septuagint is a Greek text, it is possible to reason back to the mental dictionary and grammar of the translators. This provides an interesting window on the knowledge of Hebrew during the Hellenistic period (the bulk of the Septuagint having been produced between ca. 280 and 120 B.C.E.). A number of caveats need to be taken into account, however (Barr 1968:245–251). Any given passage of the Septuagint may be based on a text diverging from the received Masoretic text. In addition, t…

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Joosten, Jan, “Septuagint, Underlying Knowledge of Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000415>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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