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Title: Old Greek of the Book of Job
Author: Kutz, Karl V
Publisher: Eisenbrauns; Publication Date: 2014
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781575062891
Volumes: 1; Pages: 250
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The earliest Greek translation of the book of Job, the Old Greek, is fascinating because it diverges significantly from our modern translations. The translator was willing to expand, condense, clarify, paraphrase, or harmonize in order to illuminate the Hebrew text of Job. The translator's free style often discloses what he, and perhaps his religious community, considered to be implicit in the text--insights that would not be revealed in a more literal translation. As a result, the Old Greek represents the earliest articulated interpretation of the book of Job and shows us, on a broader scale, the process of exegesis and translation within Hellenistic Judaism. In this volume, Karl Kutz allows us to witness the translator s exegesis on a small scale with the treatment of individual words and sentences, and on a larger scale with themes such as angels as the agents of God's wrath, Job's hope in a future resurrection, and the portrayal of the characters in the book. Kutz elucidates the personal touch of the Old Greek translator of Job and reveals the his unique perception of Job and his world.