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Translators as Storytellers

A Study in Septuagint Translation Technique

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John A. Beck

In the third century B.C.E., translators began retelling the stories of the Hebrew Bible in Greek. The Septuagint was born but its analysis had just begun. To date, most Septuagint translation technique analysis has focused on the linguistic sensitivity of these translators, but there is more to storytelling than linguistics. Translators as Storytel lers addresses the literary sensitivity of the translators, thus, expanding the tradition of translation technique analysis to include the translator’s replication of characterization, time, the patterning play of words, and the artful use of geography.

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List of Tables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi Editor's Preface .................................. xiii Chapter One: Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Rationale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Significance of the Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Limitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Chapter Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Chapter Two: The Storyteller and Linguistics. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Introduction to Translation Technique Research. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 A Method of Linguistic Analysis ....................... 21 Measuring the Texts with Linguistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Summary of Statistical Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Chapter Three: The Storyteller and Narrative Criticism . . . . . 65 Introduction to Narrative Criticism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 A Method for Narrative Critical Analysis .................. 68 Measuring the Texts with Narrative Criticism ............... 81 viii Table of Contents Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............... 137 Chapter Four: The Storyteller and Narrative Geography . .... 165 Introduction to Narrative Geography ..................... 165 A Method of Narrative-Geographical Analysis ............... 170 Measuring the Texts for Narrative Geography ............... 172 Conclusion ...................................... 187 Chapter Five: Conclusion . .......................... 197 Comparing the Data ................................ 198 Critiquing the Methodology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 200 Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 203 Index . ........................................ 225

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