n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Traces of Deuteronomic influence in the Septuagint : a text-critical analysis of Exodus 33:1-6

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


Because of the similarities in vocabulary and style between the book of Deuteronomy and Exod 33:1-6, literary-critical scholarship usually considers this passage to be composed by a deuteronom(ist)ic author or redactor. The present contribution contends that the first translators of the Hebrew Bible - the Septuagint (LXX) - or their Vorlage, were already aware of this relationship. This becomes obvious in the fact that the (Vorlage of) Exod 33:1-6 harmonises with deuteronom(ist)ic phraseology on several occasions. As such, the text-critical analysis of Exod 33:1-6 demonstrates that - with respect to decisions involved in redactional criticism of Old Testament texts, specifically from the perspective of the question regarding the presence of socalled deuteronom(ist)ic characteristics - one must always take into account the possibility of harmonisation and / or harmonising interpolations.

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