Old Testament Essays
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KOTZE, Gideon R.. Comments on the expression of hope in LXX Lamentations 5:19-22. Old testam. essays [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.1, pp. 121-153. ISSN 2312-3621. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2015/v28n1a9.
In the writings of the HB, hope appears to be an attitude in which human beings look forward and wait in expectation for the advent or arrival of what is considered to be future possibilities. This often involves a measure of uncertainty and/or tension between the present situation and the state or conditions that are hoped for. Furthermore, the acts and words of YHWH have a central place in the worldview in which the hopes are grounded. Lamentations 5:19-22 is an interesting example of such an attitude of hope in the HB. The Hebrew wording (as represented by the MT) is, however, not the only legitimate representative of the content of these verses. The Greek translation (LXX Lam) is another important witness to the text and content of Lam 5:19-22. The purpose of this study is to determine how LXX Lam presents the hope that is expressed in these verses and thereby to gain a better understanding of it as a representative of the content of Lamentations.
Palavras-chave : hope; Septuagint (LXX); Lamentations; textual representative; ancient translation.