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      Deuteronomy 34:6: Moses' burial in text and translation

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          Despite the simplicity from a linguistic perspective, the formula •’•’’—‘”’’— ”’—•’ in Deuteronomy 34:6 has been at the origins of a vivid discussion amongst its interpreters. Most of the time, this formula, in which an explicit subject is missing, is interpreted as having YHWH, who is mentioned in the final part of the foregoing verse, as its subject. As such, it is YHWH who is considered as the one who buried Moses. Nevertheless, other interpretations are equally possible. In Hebrew, a third person singular verbal form can also be used in order to refer to an unidentified subject ('one'). A comparison of the Masoretic Text of Deuteronomy 34:6 to the Versiones makes clear that the latter apparently has been the interpretation of the Septuagint translator, even if one cannot be sure whether its plural verbal form ἔθαψαν is because of the interpretation of the Greek translator or to a different Hebrew Vorlage. Moreover, the comparison of the different textual witnesses of Deuteronomy 34:6 makes clear that a conclusive answer to the question whether the singular (•’•’’—‘”’’—) or the plural form (•’•’—‘”’‘—•’) is the 'more original' seems to be impossible.CONTRIBUTION: Refraining from historical-critical or theological prejudices, the present article evaluates the possibilities as to the issue who buried Moses, according to Deuteronomy 34:8. It demonstrates that on the basis of textual evidences as witnessed by the Versiones, a univocal interpretation should not be imposed to the text. Interpreting difficult Bible passages is one of the core focusses of HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies

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                Journal
                hts
                HTS Theological Studies
                Herv. teol. stud.
                University of Pretoria (Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa )
                0259-9422
                2072-8050
                2021
                : 77
                : 1
                : 1-5
                Affiliations
                [03] Bloemfontein orgnameUniversity of the Free State orgdiv1Faculty of Theology South Africa
                [02] orgnameFund for Scientific Research
                [01] Louvain-la-Neuve orgnameUniversité catholique de Louvain orgdiv1Faculty of Theology Belgium
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                S0259-94222021000100010 S0259-9422(21)07700100010
                10.4102/hts.v77i1.6779
                75819606-d978-48af-aac5-8292e87be2e4

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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                : 14 May 2021
                : 26 April 2021
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                manuscripts of the Judean Desert,Septuagint,Masoretic Text,Moses,Deuteronomy,textual criticism

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