Русская Библия: между масоретским текстом и Септуагинтой
Michael Seleznev. Russian Bible: between the Masoretic Text and the Septuagint. The article lays down a short overview of history of the so-called Synodal translation of the Bible made in the XIX century and still being the main Russian version of the Bible. The principles of this translation are analyzed. The author also discusses the principles that served as guidelines for a group of Old Testament translators working in 1996–2010 under his leadership within the framework of the Bible Society in Russia (BSR). Their translation of the Old Testament became part of the new edition of the Russian Bible, published by the BSR in 2011.
The paper is devoted to the Russian Bible and Russian Bible Scholarship in the context of research of the MT and the LXX.
Dieser Band dokumentiert die Multiperspektivität gegenwärtiger Septuaginta-Forschung. Die Beiträge behandeln textgeschichtliche, philologische und historische Fragen ebenso wie Aspekte der Theologie und der Wirkungsgeschichte. In text- und theologiegeschichtlicher Hinsicht sind Veränderungsprozesse in der Textentwicklung und der Interpretation autoritativer Vorlagen bemerkenswert. Philologische Untersuchungen behandeln Stilistik und Semantik der jüdischen Übersetzung im Schnittfeld von allgemeiner griechischer Sprachentwicklung und möglichem Soziolekt. Historisch orientierte Beiträge arbeiten Einflüsse der Zeitgeschichte auf die Übersetzung heraus. Die Texte der Septuaginta sind Hilfe und Herausforderung, die eigene jüdische bzw. christliche Identität zum Ausdruck zu bringen.
The Hebrew Bible often uses anthropomorphic imagery with regard to God. In some verses of the Septuagint these antropomorphic images seem to be eliminated or downplayed. In the present paper we shall deal with just one of the “anthropomorphisms” of the Hebrew Bible that used to be discussed in the scholarly litrature, namely with the Hebrew semipreposition בעני “in the eyes of” with regard to God. The question we try to answer may be formulated as follows: is it true that the translation of this semipreposition in a given LXX text depends in a statistically significant way on whether the expression refers to God or to man?
The article is devoted to the analysis of the semantics of the word stereoma. The Septuagint as it was understood by a Greek rhetorician: Pseudo-Longinus and στερέωμα. The paper deals with the first (and only) quotation from the Bible in the classical Greek literature: a quotation from the opening chapter of Genesis in a treatise on eloquence, Περὶ Ὕψους, written presumably in the first century CE by an anonymous Greek author, commonly referred to as Pseudo-Longinus. One can see at a gl ance that the wording of the quotation differs considerably from that of the Greek Genesis. We suggest that the difference is due to the wrong understanding of Gen 1:6 by the author of Περὶ Ὕψους. The present paper attempts to reconstruct how a Greek rhetorician, experienced in classical literature but not versed in the Bible, could understand and interpret the biblical account of the creation of the Heavens, especially the word στερέωμα “solid body” used in the Greek Bible (Gen 1:6) in the meaning “heaven”. This meaning is a neologism coined by the authors of the Septuagint. The paper shows, with a reference to the classical literature and Basil the Great (Hexaemeron), that the word στερέωμα would seem to a Greek rhetorician as a much more appropriate designation for the Earth than for the Heaven. It also shows that what was said about the στερέωμα in Gen 1:6 would also point in the same direction. The biblical Στερέωμα ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ ὕδατος – “a solid body in the midst of the waters” – could not have been understood by a Greek philosopher or rhetorician as “the Heaven”. One may rather suppose, it must have been understood as “the Earth”. If we assume that Pseudo-Longinus borrowed the quotation of Gen 1:6 from some source without knowing its wider context, we shall be able to explain how the wording of Περὶ Ὕψους emerged from that of the Septuagint: as a result of misreading caused by linguistic and cultural differences between the world of the Greek-speaking Jews and that of classical antiquity.
The article compares two interpretations of God’s self-definition in Exodus 3:14, namely (a) the traditional “ontological” interpretation (“I am the One Who really is”), which is represented in the Septuagint and patristic exegesis, as well as in the standard Russian (so-called Synodal) translation, and (b) the “apophatic” interpretation (“I am what I am”), which is predominant in modern exegesis and modern translations. Analysis of the Hebrew text suggests that the “apophatic” reading reflects the original understanding of Exodus 3:14 in its pre-Hellenistic context. The Septuagint rendering of the Hebrew text is often regarded as influenced by the Greek philosophy, but it may well be explained as a translator’s attempt to deal with the difficult text, namely to retain the parallelism between two halves of the verse Exodus 3:14 without violation of the norms of the Greek grammar. If this is the case, the LXX translators did not invent the “ontological” understanding of this verse, but rather involuntarily prepared the way for it.
The Slavonic Bible was translated from Greek revealing textual correlations to the Septuagint. However in the majority of East Slavic manuscripts one can also observe indubitable Hebrew influences: there are numerous Hebraisms missing in the Septuagint while manifesting direct Slavic- Jewish contacts; they are introduced to correct the traditional Slavonic translation of the biblical text. These Hebraisms are based on the collation of the Slavonic Bible both with the Hebrew Torah and with the Aramaic Targums. The treatment of the Divine names (preserved in the Targums in their original, Hebrew form) allows us to demonstrate that borrowings from the Torah could be translated in the Slavonic Bible, whereas borrowings from Targums were reproduced in the Slavonic text in the original (Hebrew) form. The revision of the Slavonic Bible had several stages and was a long process. The author attempts to define a chronological stratification of different data related to this process.