Lexeis of the Octateuch

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Dimitrios Papanikolaou (University of Democritus)
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Lexeis of the Octateuch

is a medieval-era lexicon of difficult Koine expressions and hebraisms in the ancient Greek translations of the Old Testament. The lexicon is found mostly in manuscripts also containing the lexicon of Cyril, a dictionary to which the Lexeis of the Octateuch is strongly associated (see Drachmann 1936: 54-55, no.6; Benediktsson 1938; Hunger 1978: 37 with n.24; Latte 1953: XLV with n.3).

The full title of the lexicon (as preserved into the manuscripts) ascribes the Lexeis of the Octateuch to a certain (and otherwise unknown) grammarian Stephanos, who cannot be identified at the moment with any other grammarian known by that name (see Benediktsson 1938: 257 with Greek text in p. 261). The Lexeis of the Octateuch is found in 13 manuscripts, subdivided into three

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Citation: Papanikolaou, Dimitrios. "Lexeis of the Octateuch". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19561, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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