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Faithful RenderingsJewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation$
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Naomi Seidman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226745053

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226745077.001.0001

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Immaculate Translation

Immaculate Translation

Sexual Fidelity, Textual Transmission, and the Virgin Birth

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Faithful Renderings
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226745077.003.0002

This chapter analyzes two primary Jewish–Christian debates in late antiquity: the first over the accuracy and canonicity of the Septuagint, the Jewish Bible translation that became the Bible of the early Church; and the second over the virginity of Mary, a theme tied to the Septuagint through Matthew's citation of the Greek for Isaiah 7:14 as prophecy of the virgin birth. It is argued that these themes are not just linked, but are in fact parallel, producing a conception of the perfect reproduction of God's word in both the Septuagint and the figure of Jesus Christ.

Keywords:   Jewish–Christian debates, Septuagint, Jewish Bible translation, virginity, Mary, God's word, Jesus Christ

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