The Septuagint of Proverbs - Jewish and/or Hellenistic Proverbs?

Concerning the Hellenistic Colouring of LXX Proverbs


This monograph deals with an important but unexplored document of Hellenistic Judaism. The question of "Hellenistic influence" is addressed on the basis of an analysis of a representative number of chapters of Septuagint Proverbs (1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 24, 29, 30 and 31). Scholars have argued that this book was influenced extensively by Greek philosophy.
The author follows a contextual cultural method. The Greek text is analysed on four levels: the semantic, syntactical, stylistic (which represents the translation technique of the translator), and finally the "theological" level.
This study represents the first exhaustive analysis of the theme. The conclusion is that the impact of Stoicism on this Greek version has been overestimated in the past. Novel views are also formulated concerning the role of the law in LXX Proverbs, its historical setting and its text-critical value.

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Johann Cook, D.Litt. (1982) in Semitic Languages, University of Stellenbosch, is Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. He has published extensively on the ancient versions of the Hebrew Bible, including Qumran.
'...the monograph is an important contribution to Septuagint studies and, in particular, it will be indispensable for any future approach to the Greek Proverbs.'
N. Fernández Marcos, Journal for the Study of Judaism, 1999.
All those interested in the ancient versions of the Hebrew Bible, especially the Septuagint; as well as in Judaism, Hellenism, hermeneutics, exegesis, textual criticism, Hebrew and Greek philology and lexicography, and theology.
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