Matilda Chapman

MSt research interests description: My MSt thesis will focus on the conceptualisation of serpentine creatures within the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Vulgate, consisting of a trilingual commentary and analysis of passages containing elements of the Chaoskampf motif; I shall also explore Jerome’s account of the Greek New Testament’s dragon of Revelation (12-13). This project will adopt similar methodology to my BA dissertation, in which I compared the treatments of the Woman of Endor episode at 1 Samuel 28 in its Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Vulgate renderings. With my BA dissertation having confirmed my fascination for the frictions in translations between languages, cultures and religious systems, this new project will refine my understanding of the issues at stake. What choices or compromises are made? What negotiations occur? What remains (un)expressed? Why? Such questions become intriguingly complex in the case of Jerome, who ‘triangulates’ between three languages, cultures and, arguably too, religious systems.