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Title: Messianism in the Old Greek of Isaiah : an intertextual analysis
Author: Ngunga, Abi T.
ISNI:       0000 0003 9165 4677
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis explores the theme of messianism in the entire corpus of the Old Greek of Isaiah (LXX-Isaiah) as an important piece of Jewish theological literature from (and for) the Jewish community in Alexandria in the Hellenistic period.  This is done through the lens of an intertextual hermeneutic employed by the Isaiah translator as a mode of reading this text. The study looks at the need in scholarship to investigate the topic of messianism in the Greek Bible in general, and in the whole of LXX-Isaiah in particular.  After dealing with a few issues involved in the understanding of the LXX-Isaiah as a translation and the person responsible for it, the study also surveys thoroughly the meaning of the term ‘intertextuality’ from its inception and its use in biblical studies (including LXX research). Chapter 2 re-examines a few arguments pertinent to the scholarly opinion that messianic hopes were not prominent among the Alexandrian Jews in comparison to their co-religionists in Palestine.  It is argued that the unhelpful view that points to one Jewish community to the detriment of the other as witnessing to the rise of messianic expectations should be abandoned. Chapter 3 analyses exegetically nine selected messianic passages within the LXX-Isaiah (7:10-17; 9:1-7(8:23-9:6); 11:1-10; 16:1-5; 19:16-25; 31:9b-32:8; 42:1-4; 52:13-53:12; and 61:1-3a).  In each, the study begins with an exploration of the context of the passage, followed by an analysis of the text in comparison with its Hebrew Vorlage. Then a search for any significant ‘messianic language’ is carried out.  The study argues that any doubt concerning the contention that there is a dynamic messianic thought running through the whole of the Greek Isaiah should be abandoned.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Messiah ; Messianism