Resource Reviews

Link Roundup of Septuagint News and Resources in the Age of COVID-19

As higher education gets put through the spin cycle along with everything else during the COVID-19 crisis, some exciting new developments are taking place. I thought I’d provide a quick link roundup for some recent ones. Note that some of these involve ongoing, live Zoom meetings open to anyone who is interested.

I will try to keep this list updated. So far it includes:

  • Free Online Resources:
    • Cambridge Septuagint Series Zoom Meetings (Zoom)
    • Cambridge Papyri Reading Group (Zoom)
    • TWU John William Wevers YouTube Channel
  • New Publications:
    • Forthcoming Volume in the LXX.H Series

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An Initial Review of Baylor’s Introduction to the Septuagint

It’s great to see the appearance of a new volume for the field of Septuagint studies, this time from Baylor University Press. This coming November the new Introduction to the Septuagint, edited by Siegfried Kreuzer, will become available to students and professors alike. Dr. Kreuzer is Professor of Old Testament at Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel in Wuppertal, Germany, where the bi-annual Septuaginta Tagungen are held (e.g., here).

This is a volume you will certainly want on your shelf, but there are a few things to know about it before you take the plunge. (more…)

LXX Scholar Interview: Dr. Peter J. Gentry Discusses His New Critical Edition

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…)