By Daniel Gurtner
Exodus: A observation at the Greek textual content of Codex Vaticanus is the 1st accomplished observation at the Septuagint in English. An advent orients readers to the learn of LXX Exodus and the manuscript of Codex Vaticanus. this can be by means of a presentation of the textual content of Vaticanus contrary a clean translation. within the observation right, Gurtner examines literary positive factors of the Greek of Exodus mostly in addition to positive aspects specific to the textual content of Vaticanus. a few comparisons are made with different Greek traditions of Exodus as well as translational positive aspects of Exodus with recognize to its Vorlage.
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Before him (see Wade 1999, 1). Though some are seemingly arbitrary, usually “the variations in translation were due to semantic and grammatical conditioning factors” (Wade 2000, 74). In sum, Aejmelaeus assesses Exod as follows: “The translator of Exodus may thus be characterized as a competent translator, mindful of genuine Greek expressions, free in his relationship to the original, but still exact in reproducing his original relatively faithfully” (Aejmelaeus 1987b, 100). He is a competent translator and interpreter.
There are various subordinate clauses which make good renderings of certain Heb. inf. 20 ֶאל־ַהָמּקוֹםπ� ְוַלֲהִביֲאπ� ַבּ ָדּ ֶרπ� ִלְשָׁמ ְרπ� ְלָפ ֶניπ�—ִה ֵנּה ָאֹנִכי שׁ ֵֹלַח ַמְלָאκαὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω τὸν ἄγγελόν μου πρὸ προσώπου σου ἵνα φυλάξῃ σε ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ ὅπως εἰσαγάγῃ σε εἰς τὴν γῆν. 10 — ַו ְיִהי ְכּ ַדֵבּר ַאֲהר ֹן ֶאל־ָכּל־ֲע ַדת ְבּ ֵני־ ִיְשׂ ָרֵאלἡνίκα δὲ ἐλάλει Ααρων πάσῃ συναγωγῇ υἱῶν Ισραηλ … (note the omission of the initial formula, which is the rule in connection with a subordinate clause in Exod; see Aejmelaeus, 1982, 41).
12–14, where Exod uses the continuous past action of the imperf. to convey that they “were humbling them” and “kept becoming … stronger,” etc. This, Perkins rightly observes, fits the context well, “because at this point in the story the narrative reports the worsening condition of the Israēlite people as they were oppressed” (Perkins 2007, 44). 3. Inner Consistency in Translation Another factor identified by Wevers that features prominently in Exod’s readings is its concern for internal consistency.