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Psalm 150 according to the Septuagint: integrating translation and tradition criticism into modern Septuagint exegesis

Evangelia G Dafni

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 27, No 2 (2006), 431-454. doi: 10.4102/ve.v27i2.157

Submitted: 22 September 2006
Published:  17 November 2006


The attempt to detect  Theology in the linguistic deviations and divergencies of the Septuagint (LXX) with the Massoretic Text (MT), presupposes the use of certain exegetical methods. Of course, this implies methods to be used by the modern Septuagint scholar and not the hypothetical translation technique(s) used by the LXX-translators. Therefore, I suggest  the scholar should integrate the historical critical method – in a balanced manner, without the incriminating questioning of long outdated historicism - into the modern LXX-exegesis. In this way, I think, we have the opportunity to verify or falsify hypothetical exegetical practices probably used by the LXX-translators and to discover where we are really able to talk about genuine  Theology in the LXX – in contrast to the MT.  The LXX-Psalm 150, in comparison to other related Old Testament texts, was chosen to exemplify this suggestion.

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Evangelia G Dafni, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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