Language and Translation of the Old Testament

John Elwolde

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Language and Translation of the Old Testament

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This chapter begins with a brief linguistic sketch of the Hebrew and Aramaic of the Bible. It then discusses the inherent difficulty of ascertaining meaning in the Hebrew Bible (or in the Christian tradition, the Old Testament, without the deutero-canonical or apocryphal books), from both a textual and a linguistic perspective. Examples are presented to illustrate the problems faced by any interpreter or translator of the Hebrew Bible.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible; Masoretic Text; Aramaic; interpretation

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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