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Reading the Sealed Book
Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics

By J. Ross Wagner

Reading the Sealed Book
Paperback, 308 pages $49.95
Published: 15th January 2014
ISBN: 9781602589803
Format: 9in x 6in


Subjects: All Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible

A translated text is laced with interpretive assumptions. By focusing on the Septuagint, J. Ross Wagner highlights the creative theology hidden in translation. His model couples patient investigation of the act of translation with careful attention to the translated texts’ rhetorical features. Wagner focuses upon Isaiah’s opening vision, clarifying its language, elucidating its character, and contextualizing its message. Reading the Sealed Book demonstrates how such translations serve as distinctive contributions to theology and reveal the contours of Jewish identity in the Hellenistic diaspora.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

  1. A BOOK WITH SEVEN SEALS: THE PROBLEM OF SEPTUAGINT HERMENEUTICS
  2. OPENING THE SEALED BOOK: INTERPRETING A TRANSLATED TEXT
  3. “GIVE HEED TO GOD’S LAW”: TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION IN OG ISAIAH 1:1–20
  4. THE PURIFICATION OF ZION: TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION IN OG ISAIAH 1:21–31
  5. CHARACTERIZING OLD GREEK ISAIAH 1
  6. EPILOGUE: OPEN BOOK, OVERFLOWING FOUNTAIN

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX OF ANCIENT SOURCES

INDEX OF MODERN AUTHORS

INDEX OF SUBJECTS

“Wagner nimbly joins Umberto Eco’s encyclopedia model of language with Descriptive Translation Studies in his analysis of particular passages. Whether one agrees with all the notes selected for this score, his study of Old Greek Isaiah reads like a symphony.”

—Ronald L. Troxel, Associate Professor, Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of LXX-Isaiah as Translation and Interpretation

“Believe it or not, the study of the Greek translation of Isaiah is currently in turmoil! This affects our understanding of Isaiah, of the world in which the translation was undertaken, and of its importance as a central part of Scripture for the later emergence of the Christian religion. Wagner’s is a work of careful and yet lucid scholarship that clarifies in a balanced manner the methods and the goals of this translator. It should be widely adopted.”

—H. G. M. Williamson, Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford

"One thing is sure: this book will force Septuagint scholars to rethink their methodological positions...the author has successfully opened one of the seals of Isaiah chapter 1!"

—Johann Cook, University of Stellenbosch, Review of Biblical Literature

"An excellent volume that will greatly benefit Septuagint (LXX) studies"

—William A. Ross, Bulletin for Biblical Research

“Wagner has produced an excellent volume that will greatly benefit Septuagint (LXX) studies.”

—William A. Ross, University of Cambridge, The Bulletin for Biblical Research

"This is a model piece of work that will have to be referred to regularly by any one working in Septuagint studies, and indeed, in Isaiah studies."

John Oswalt, Themelios

J. Ross Wagner is Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. 



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 308 pages
ISBN:
 9781602589803
Format:
 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:
  REL006210, REL006400, REL067000
Imprint:
 Baylor University Press



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