Reading the Sealed Book Paperback

Old Greek Isaiah & the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics

by J. Ross Wagner;

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Reading the Sealed Book

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Interest in the Greek translations of scripture popularly known as "the Septuagint" has never been greater, with major translation and commentary projects completed or well underway in German, French, English, and Spanish. Dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 1st century CE, these translations open a window onto early Jewish interpretation of the Bible. Yet crucial problems of "Septuagint hermeneutics", particularly the question of how to identify interpretative elements in a translated text, remain unresolved. Drawing on important work both in translation studies and in literary theory, Wagner develops an interpretative approach that combines patient investigation of the process of translation with careful attention to the rhetorical shape of the translated text. The heart of the book displays the fruitfulness of this method through a close reading of Isaiahs opening vision (Isa 1:131) as both translation and text. The Greek translator interprets Isaiah 1 for his audience by elucidating its language, modulating its discourse and contextualising its message.
By amplifying the prophet's criticism of those who seek to maintain security and prosperity by relying on their wealth, power, and political connections and by characterising the blatant disregard for social and economic justice on the part of Zions elites as a refusal to heed God's Law, the translator depicts trusting adherence to the Law as central to the life of God's people. In this way, Old Greek Isaiah makes a distinctive contribution to the formation and preservation of Jewish identity in the Hellenistic diaspora.

Reading the Sealed Book by J. Ross Wagner was published by Baylor University Press in January 2014. The ISBN for Reading the Sealed Book is 9781602589803.

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Details for Reading the Sealed Book

Page last updated 17th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaylor University Press (January 2014)
Number of Pages400
Thickness17 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4079621
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