Within a discipline as small and technical as Septuagint scholarship the definition of “exciting news” starts to look pretty odd to the typical person on the street. But for those of us involved in the field, the appearance of a new edition within the corpus certainly qualifies.
This is precisely what has happened within the last few weeks, as Dr. Peter J. Gentry finished the critical text of Greek Ecclesiastes. Gentry is a well respected scholar within Septuagint studies as well as the Donald L. Williams Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. According to a recent Facebook post by Peter’s wife, Barbara, this volume represents over two decades’ worth of labor. Thankfully, he is not the only one at work on the so-called Göttingen edition, as a handful of other volumes are currently underway. (more…)
Students interested in the Septuagint know how difficult it can be to find reliable guides to get familiar with the field. Books are one thing. But nothing quite substitutes for in-class instruction. That is one reason I am so glad that the fine scholars at the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies at Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) are stepping into the gap in North America. (more…)
There is more great news for those interested in learning about the Septuagint.
Among the various opportunities coming in the next six months that I’ve posted about recently, yet another is now available in the classroom setting.
From 22-26 May 2018 the Septuagint Summer Course will take place at the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies, hosted at Trinity Western University. If some of this sounds familiar to you, that’s probably because this is now the fourth time that TWU has offered this opportunity. I have participated in two of the previous seminars and it’s a great time of focused study with experts in a small group setting (see here, here, and here). (more…)