One last snippet from my Susanna paper to share which highlights the different endings of the two traditions:
As the story reaches its end, Daniel successfully reveals the truth about what transpired between Susanna and the two elders. And as Daniel proclaims the punishment that awaits the elders, the assembly lauds the triumphant hero. But who is the hero in this story? The OG ending focuses on Daniel and the wisdom of youths. Daniel’s referring expression is changed in verse 60 to τῷ νεωτέρῳ, the young man, highlighting the fact that he is young in contrast to the elders who are presumably older. It is Daniel who is the hero in the OG version. Susanna θ’, on the other hand, ends with a different hero in mind.
Verse 60 reads:
καὶ ἀνεβόησε πᾶσα ἡ συναγωγὴ φωνῇ μεγάλῃ καὶ εὐλόγησαν τῷ θεῷ τῷ σῴζοντι τοὺς ἐλπίζοντας ἐπʼ αὐτόν.
And all the assembly cried out with a loud voice and they blessed God, who saves those who hope in him.
One again we are provided with additional information that constrains the way we as readers view God, this time from the narrator’s perspective. The focus is now on God who save those who hope in him. For the author/translator of Susanna θ’, God is the hero of the story. It is God who knows what is hidden; it is God who sends a wise judge to reveal the wickedness of the unrighteous judges; it is God who saves those who hope in him.
Finally, compare the epilogues of each version:
62a Because of this, young men are beloved by Jacob because of their sincerity. 62b And as for us, let us watch out for young able sons. For young men will live piously, and a spirit of knowledge and understanding will be in them forever and ever. (OG)
63 Chelkios and his wife praised God for their daughter, along with Joakim her husband and all her relatives, because no shameful deed was found in her. 64 And Daniel became great among the people from that day onward. (θ’)
Each discourse ends with a different focus: the Theodotion text focuses on the vindication of Susanna, which not only meant that she was spared from shame but the whole family was spared from shame. Susanna’s parents are reactivated along with Joakim and the rest of the family, by means of anchoring expressions to link them to Susanna. The Old Greek, on the other hand, ends with a focus on the blessing of wise young men. The OG ending seems much more characteristic of a fable, relaying the moral of the story: the world needs more young men like Daniel.