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Monday, December 26, 2016

Review: "Discovering the Septuagint: a guided reader"

Discovering the Septuagint:  a Guided Reader by Karen H. Jobes, senior editor, is a fascinating work that I will come back to to digest more and more.
The book is crafted to be an introduction to the Greek translation of the Old Testament in the original language.  It looks at over six hundred verses from the Septuagint at a level of those who have had three semesters or more of Greek (9).  This is not a full examination of the text of the Septuagint; it is a serious look at a number of verses from a number of the books of the Old Testament, covering all the literary genres.
Each chosen text is printed in Greek.  Then it is parsed and translation notes are given.  Where it occurs, New Testament quotations of the text are noted at the end of each analysis.
At the conclusion of the book, there is a glossary of technical terms and a list of New Testament citations from New Testament to Septuagint.
I find books like this very helpful in understanding variants in the text.  I have had two semesters of Greek and can use the tools to understand the text, but I am not a fluent reader, nor translator.
As the Greek text that the New Testament authors would have relied on, this is a great introductory resource to the subject and hope it will be well used in seminaries and for scholarly inquiry.
[This review appears on my blog and on  I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.]

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