Book Giveaway: Invitation to the Septuagint by Jobes & Silva

You may have seen the interview that I posted recently with Karen Jobes regarding her two new books in Septuagint. One of the two is the second edition of Invitation to the Septuagint, fully updated and expanded ten years after its initial publication. As I’ve looked through this new volume, I have been happy to see a number of newer and important aspects of LXX scholarship receive good discussion. In particular the discussion of the language of the Septuagint (ch. 12) gives a nice overview of current issues.

This textbook is, to my mind, the industry standard for introductions to this field of study. The main reason is that this book is truly an introduction, not assuming prior knowledge of the discipline and its many facets (except, of course, the knowledge of Greek and Hebrew). Even so, students with a basic knowledge of these languages could benefit immensely from this book as it explains the many conceptual complexities of LXX study with clarity and precision. There are other introductions that are mandatory reading, of course, but I think these are best read after Invitation as a foundation.

The Giveaway

Somehow I ended up with two copies of the book, so I’m giving one away. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying why you think it would be a helpful book for your studies. If you share this post on Facebook or Twitter, just note that in your comment and I’ll enter you twice into the drawing. Also, if your comment is a pun using Greek that makes me chuckle, you’re chances will double (including those who have shared). I’ll assign everyone who participates a number, then use a random number generator to find a winner. I’ll announce the lucky candidate the soon after the giveaway ends and get in touch via email.

Chances to enter end when the year ends: December 31st at midnight. You can reside in the US or the UK to participate.

καλή τύχη!

69 comments

  1. I think this would be essential for my learning as the septuagint is important for the apostles as a translation of the Old Testament and I want to learn a lot about a text that is so central to Apostolic argument that offer foundations for my faith! I am also very serious in taking the text of the Bible into study so I can think critically about it more as a Christian! (https://twitter.com/meeene4) < I shared this on twitter!

  2. I minister in an academically rigorous/curious environment, so I need to be up on the latest developments in biblical studies. I worked through the first edition many years ago, so I would be honored to keep up with the second.

    And now for the worst joke ever:

    When the Septuagint goes clothes shopping, what shirt size does it try on?

    XXL

  3. This would be helpful because I have been teaching a class on Isaiah. It would be an added benefit to get a greater grasp of the LXX in Isaiah in contrast with the Hebrew text.

  4. This book would give me more tools to read Greek in light of recent studies and discoveries, meaning I’d be able to read Greek more fluently. I’ve been wanting to read more Greek literature for the purposes of understanding the aspect system and I think this would be a…(drumroll)…perfect book to help me in reading a large corpus of Greek literature.

  5. I could use it in my dissertation, which has a chapter on the LXX for the Pentateuch, and one on the subsequent Greek Bible books.

  6. I want this book becuase it is impossible to find a book like this one in Spanish and there is a huge need among Spanish speaking countries to get familiar with the Spetuagint. So I will use it to teach people who don’t speak English. By the way, I shared the post on Twitter. Thank you and happy new year.

  7. It was my intent to take LXX studies this Spring as a directed study, but Ὦ τάλας ἐγώ, I cannot, for the professor who was going to do this with me relocated. I still want to embark on these studies but until another chance opens up, it will have to be autodidactic. This book sounds like a perfect start and it would bless me tremendously.

  8. As a pastor, I prefer to make I understand as well as possible the NT quotations of the OT, and how they may be different or similar to the LXX. So, … ‘twould be nice to read and enjoy!

    1. Correction…

      As a pastor, I prefer to make sure that I understand, as well as possible, the NT quotations of the OT, and how they may be different or similar to the LXX. So, … ‘twould be nice to read and enjoy!

  9. I think any book about the Septuagint would be worth while addition to our library! I love word studies and referencing LXX scriptures.

  10. Callimachus once said, “μέγα βιβλίον μέγα κακόν”. Some may think such a thing when they read the title of Jobes and Silva’s, “An Invitation to the Septuagint”. But as a student of Greek and lover of the Bible, I am compelled to say pace Callimachus “μέγα βιβλίον, μέγα αγαθόν!” 

  11. Dear Will,

    Thanks for this kind offer, but don’t enter my name–others need a free copy far more than I. May many be introduced to the joys of LXX, even through this gift.

    All the best!

    fred

  12. I’m interested in the use of the LXX in the NT and anything by Silva is phenomenal. Appreciate your blog! Insert Greek pun here. Also about to Retweet your post on this!

  13. As a New Testament geek I know the LXX is important. Shamefully, I’ve never read any of it. But since I started seminary this past fall and took my first Greek exegesis class, I know venturing into the LXX is on the horizon. I’d love to have this book as a guide.

    Tweeted and Facebooked!

  14. I am just beginning a ThM in New Testament and this book is on my “must read” list. I’ve only had limited exposure to the LXX and would love to dig into this book!

  15. I am a teacher and encounter references to the LXX when reading academic works and use it in my own studies, but my own understanding is quite narrow. I’ve always wanted to read this… My Apollogies for this pun

  16. As an aspiring OT scholar I would love to own this book. The LXX provides an incredibly important witness to the OT and this book would help me develop greater familiarity with it. My primary scholarly interest is in composition of OT books, of which the LXX plays a significant role. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. It would be helpful because you can never know enough about the Bible! … and sadly the LXX isn’t something I’ve studied much … also sharing on Twitter!

  18. Having studied both Hebrew and Greek in the last year, I’m very interested in studying how the word choice in Greek among the Hebrew nuances affects understanding or misunderstanding of passages.

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