Old Testament Studies

Book Announcement – Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition

I have been keeping a secret. Now it’s out.

For the last several years, I have been working alongside Gregory R. Lanier (RTS Orlando) to produce a “reader’s edition” of the entire Septuagint. And finally, it’s (almost) finished.

It’s been listed on ChristianBook and will be available in November.

You are probably familiar with the idea of a reader’s edition, which over the past ten years or so has grown in popularity. Although there are others on the market, I think the reader’s edition of the Hebrew Bible and of the New Testament by Hendrickson Publishers are the best out there in terms of quality and readability. That is a big reason that we went with Hendrickson ourselves (although there are others) and I dare say they are doing a great job.

The basic idea behind a reader’s edition is to provide an edition of the ancient text – in our case Rahlfs-Hanhart’s – annotated with running footnotes with lexical information. Since most students and scholars of biblical studies are most familiar with New Testament vocabulary, picking up a Septuagint can make for a challenge. Our reader’s edition seriously reduces that challenge by providing the footnotes for rarer vocabulary, thereby making the reading experience much more seamless and less intimidating.

But this is not the place to discuss every aspect of the project. It was, after all, a pretty big project. So Greg and I have set up a website specifically for doing so:

LXXRE.wordpress.com

Our plan is to use this site to outline details of Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition, how we produced it, details of its publication, and even to provide some samples of the text. You should note that Greg also maintains a blog that’s worth your time, and he’s posted something about this project today as well.

F. Hitzig (1807–22)

On a final note, there is a legendary quote by biblical scholar Ferdinand Hitzig, who is reported to have remarked to his students,

“Gentlemen, have you a Septuagint? If not, sell all you have, and buy one.”

I couldn’t agree more. Except to add that – when you do – make sure it’s the reader’s edition! If you are the conference-going type, you can plan to do so there.

 

The 7th International Septuaginta Deutsch Conference (Wuppertal)

Every two years Septuagint scholars around the world rub their hands in anticipation of one of the best conferences in the discipline. Aside from the lovely location on the heiligen Berg just outside the city, this event provides an ideal size and pace for genuinely useful research presentations and scholarly interaction. That is why people come.

The conference is part of the Forschungsprojekte zur Septuaginta in Deutschland, a research initiative that is responsible for the production of Septuaginta Deutsch (also here) and the ongoing Handbuch zur SeptuagintAnother important aspect of this project is the biannual conferences, which also lead to an edited volume. Although the 2016 conference volume is not quite available yet, I am told it will be this year. (more…)

Upcoming Cambridge Seminar on the Septuagint

It’s been pretty quiet on this blog for almost two months now. Part of the reason for that is the fact that I am now entering what is hopefully my last six months of dissertation writing. Things are getting serious so it’s taking more of my time and focus.

I’ll also say that I have not one, but two pretty big announcements to make, one Septuagint-related and one personal. I can’t really say anything more at this point. But suffice it to say that these two items have demanded a lot of my time and attention over the last two months as well. More coming soon. (more…)