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The Isaiah Institute Translation

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I additionally researched the complete Dead Sea scroll of Isaiah of St. Mark’s Monastery word for word and the Greek Septuagint Version. On occasion, I used their variant translations where they appeared more correct within their context based on the internal dynamics of the Book of Isaiah. In every such instance, I explained in footnotes how these variants compared to the Masoretic Text.

One problem that arose was the dislocation of words and phrases from where they most fitted within the context of the text. Those dislocations were evidently the result of Jewish scribes who had memorized entire scriptural texts so they could survive the Babylonian and Roman destructions of their records. When they remembered these misplaced parts after they had inscribed the text past the point where they should have appeared, they simply inserted them at the point where they remembered them. Many of these misplaced words, I relocated where they best fit within the context of a passage, again noting all such instances in footnotes.

The result was a much more intelligible and coherent reading than the King James Version, one that accords with the Book of Isaiah’s own internal check and balances we find in its variety of literary features.[/TS_VCSC_Advanced_Textblock][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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