In 2 Sam. 5:18, the Hebrew text states,
יח וּפְלִשְׁתִּים בָּאוּ וַיִּנָּטְשׁוּ בְּעֵמֶק רְפָאִים
which is translated into the Greek Septuagint as,
ΙΗʹ καὶ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι παραγίνονται καὶ συνέπεσαν εἰς τὴν κοιλάδα τῶν τιτάνων Rahlfs
The Greek word «τιτάνων» seemed peculiar. Elsewhere, the Hebrew word רְפָאִים (rephaʾim) was transliterated (rather than translated) in the LXX as Ραφαϊν.1
- To what does the Greek word «τιτάνων» refer to (i.e., its meaning)?
- Are there any textual variants among the manuscripts of the LXX for this particular verse?
1 cp. Deu. 2:11