I love reading. The older I get, the more it’s true. Last year was an especially important time for reading in my life and I gather I’m no exception. It was a tough year that called for lots of mental engagement with the world (as well as dis-engagement from it). I read more books this year than last. Sixty-four to be exact. I’m happy with that, but it wasn’t the goal of seventy-five that I had set myself. Thankfully, the clock reset a few days ago, so I have another shot at that milestone, d.v. (more…)
Several years ago I wrote a post introducing an exciting commentary series on the Septuagint, which is being published by Brill. The series, known as SEPT, is thus far the only Septuagint commentary series in print (although plans for an SBL Septuagint Commentary Series have long been in place). But there are a good many volumes now in print in the SEPT series, the latest of which is a commentary on the Greek text of Leviticus by Mark Awabdy, who teaches Old Testament in the Middle East and South Asia.
Awabdy was kind enough to answer some questions for me about the project and give us some insights into his research. (more…)
It’s an exciting time for Septuagint scholarship as a long-awaited concept is now beginning to materialize into printed volumes. Many will be familiar with Baylor’s Handbook on the Greek New Testament (e.g., here) and Handbook on the Hebrew Bible series (here). Well, guess what is now a thing? The Baylor Handbook on the Septuagint has finally come to fruition, henceforth to be fondly known as BHLXX.
At least, what has come to fruition is the first installment of what I can only imagine will be a lot of volumes if the series is ever complete. But it’s wonderful news either way, and I’m grateful to have gotten a chance to hear more about it. The series is edited by Sean Adams and Seth Ehorn, the latter of whom has completed the first installment on the first seven chapters of 2 Maccabees.
Ehorn was kind enough not only to answer a few of my questions about himself and this project, as you will see below, but he also made the magic happen to get us a sneak preview of inside the book itself. Try to resist the temptation to rush down and look at it and enjoy reading about the process first. (more…)