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Title: The Numeruswechsel as a Content and Context Related Criterion in the Characterisation of LXX Translation Tehnique
Subtitle: Deuteronomy 29 as a Test Case
Author(s): KHOKHAR, Antony J.
Journal: Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies
Volume: 52    Date: 2019   
Pages: 119-131
DOI: 10.2143/JSCS.52.0.3287096

Abstract :
The so-called Numeruswechsel is not only a distinctive feature but also one of the most enigmatic characteristics of the book of Deuteronomy. While some scholars have used this criterion to reconstruct the composition history of the book of Deuteronomy, others have regarded it as a stylistic device. In most of the studies, scholars only refer to 'how' the Greek text of Deuteronomy reads in cases of the Numeruswechsel. Only few have shown 'why' the Greek Deuteronomy reads so when faced with this puzzling feature. Focusing on the rendering of the Numeruswechsel in one specific chapter of the book of Deuteronomy, we will attempt to see what can a comparison of the Masoretic text (MT) and the Septuagint (LXX) Deuteronomy illustrate about this peculiar aspect. This will be done by analyzing the rendering of the Numeruswechsel in the Greek text of Deuteronomy 29.

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