James A.E. Mulroney

The Translation Style of Old Greek Habakkuk

Methodological Advancement in Interpretative Studies of the Septuagint

[Der Übersetzungsstil des altgriechischen Habakuk. Methodologischer Fortschritt bei Septuaginta-Interpretationen.]

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How did the translator of the Septuagint (Old Greek) book of Habakkuk interpret his Hebrew base text? James A. E. Mulroney analyzes the Greek style of the book and offers an extended analysis of present methodological issues in the field of Septuagint studies.
In this volume, James A. E. Mulroney explains the Greek style of the Old Greek (Septuagint) book of Habakkuk. Where previous studies have focused on an interlinear model, aligning the Hebrew with the Greek text, this study looks at the Greek text in its own right. Of first importance is the notion of transformation in linguistic/translation studies: all translation involves interpretation. Therefore, the Old Greek is an interpretation of its Hebrew base text. The author offers an extended analysis of present methodological issues in the field of Septuagint studies. The study shows that the translator was not following literalism as commonly understood, but a reading tradition that is exemplified in subtle theological details of the book. The translator's personal style is seen in his use of Greek rhetoric, with most textual features representing his habit of reading in both Hebrew and Greek.

James A.E. Mulroney Born 1977; 2010 MAR, 2011 ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia); 2015 PhD from the University of Edinburgh; currently lecturer in Old Testament at London Theological Seminary.


The following reviews are known:

In: Revue Théologique de Louvain — 48 (2017), p. 551 (Hans Ausloos)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 41.5 (2017) (Lester L. Grabbe)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 142 (2017), S. 1180–1182 (Carsten Ziegert)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 62 (2018), S. 174
In: Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies — (Adam W. Jones)