n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Toward an LXX hermeneutic

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


Assuming the Septuagint translators were attempting to communicate their Semitic source to a new audience, this article considers relevance theory for its hermeneutical import. Interacting with the insights of Ernst-August Gutt, it is suggested that the LXX achieves its relevance as an act of communication (the target text) about another act of communication (the source text), i.e. as a higher order act of communication. Such relevance may be achieved by (a) replicating the stimulus of the original (''what was said''), or (b) by producing an interpretation of the original (''what was meant''), with gradations in between. In any case, the translator would have been attempting to offer an interpretation of the source. Hermeneutical and exegetical implications are discussed in light of these issues.

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