Herrie F. Van Rooy


The Ancient Versions of the Old Testament can be utilised for different purposes.
Two of the most important usages of the Septuagint, Peshitta, Vulgate and the
Targums are their use in the process of reconstructing the Hebrew text of the Old
Testament and the reception of the Old Testament in different communities. This
paper explores the value of the Ancient Versions of Lamentations in these two
respects, discussing a representative number of examples. As far as the Hebrew text
is concerned, the Ancient Versions were translated from a text close to the
Masoretic Text. The Targum and Septuagint shed light on the reception of Lamentations
in different Jewish communities, although the Septuagint was transmitted
mainly in the Christian community. The Peshitta and Vulgate shed light on the
reception in different Christian communities.


Lamentations; Ancient Versions; Old Testament; Textual Criticism; Septuagint

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