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Bibil Identifier bibil:222312
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Translating the Bible
Title (English, ) The Ethiopic Version of the Old Testament
Author Knibb, Michael A.
Series The Schweich Lectures of the British Academy (Volume: 1995)
Year (Publication) 1999
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 1999
Year (Copyright) 1999
Year (Reference) 1999
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 82281
Place 221.05=928
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 0-19-726194-9
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
145 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract These Schweich Lectures tackle the origin, history, and character of the Ethiopic translation of the Old Testament. This version is of fundamental importance both in terms of the influence it has exerted on Ethiopian life and culture, and as one of the 'daughter versions' of the Greek Old Testament - yet much remains unknown or uncertain about it.

Professor Knibb argues that, notwithstanding the criticisms that have been made of it, the traditional view of the history of the Ethiopic version - translation from the Septuagint in the fifth-sixth century, revision on the basis of the Syriac-based Arabic texts in the fourteenth century, and a further revision in the fifteenth or sixteenth century on the basis of the Hebrew - is broadly correct, but that this view is in need of development and refinement in many details.

The majority of the book is devoted to a study of the mode of translation, to 'translation technique'. There is a discussion of general aspects of the translation and syntactical issues, and the question of consistency and diversity in the translation-equivalents that are used is also addressed. Many of these issues are of general relevance to other ancient Bible translations.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible Translation : History
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : South-West Semitic : Ethiopic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Text : Ancient Recensions and Versions : Greek Versions : Septuagint
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