By John A. Beck

Within the 3rd century B.C.E., translators started retelling the tales of the Hebrew Bible in Greek. The Septuagint was once born yet its research had simply began. so far, so much Septuagint translation process research has curious about the linguistic sensitivity of those translators, yet there's extra to storytelling than linguistics. Translators as storytellers addresses the literary sensitivity of the translators, therefore, increasing the culture of translation strategy research to incorporate the translator’s replication of characterization, time, the patterning play of phrases, and the crafty use of geography.

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The Hebrew perfect is regularly translated by the aorist tense-form (9 of 13 instances). In 6:20, we have a unique translation. Michel is quoted as she speaks about the unbecoming behavior of her husband. Recall that the Hebrew perfect is regularly translated by the aorist. That makes the translation of the Hebrew perfect with a Greek perfect tense-form distinctive. Michel's quote in the Greek text, "How the king has honored himself today," has more emphasis placed upon it than the reciprocal phrase in the Hebrew.

The 5% increase in morphemes is only slightly more than what we regard as necessary to make linguistic adjustments. That places it among the least inflationary of the texts we studied. The translator's consistency in handling noun number is also very high. Only three adjustments were observed. All three are the substitution of a collective for a plural or a plural for a collective. In contrast to this marked picture of consistency, the translator preserved the personal pronoun in only one of ten instances.

Ll J~Q nlJ. The translator emphasizes the land by putting the antecedent, "land," in place of the personal pronoun, yflv pE:oucra v yci'Aa KCX t ~E:h. The grammatical dimension of the translation is sampled in table 8. Note that the Hebrew writer used waw-consecutive imperfects (23), perfects (14) and a few participles (8) to tell the story. The Hebrew perfect is translated in predictable ways. The Greek aorist tense-form is used 64% of the time. In contrast, the Greek perfect tense-form is used three times and all in conjunction with the same topic.

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