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What’s in a Name—Proper Names in Greek Exodus

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Larry Perkins1
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  • 1 Northwest Baptist Seminary 7600 Glover Road, Langley, British Columbia V2Y 1Y1 Canada, Email: perkins@twu.ca
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Abstract

Hebrew proper names presented significant challenges to the translator of Greek Exodus. He employed various strategies including transcription and translation. In most cases he created new transcriptions or employed those found in Greek Genesis. On occasion Hellenized forms of proper names are found, but these tend to be the exception. Etiologies were handled variously. Rarely names seem to be added in the Greek text. This paper interacts with previous analyses of the translator’s practices in handling Hebrew proper names, offering alternative explanations for several phenomena observed.

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