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The Study of the Septuagint (LXX)

A great post on the importance of studying the Septuagint by Tyler Williams can be found here.

And  John Hobbins reminds us of the famous advice of Professor Hitzig:

“Meine Herren! Haben sie eine Septuaginta? Wenn nicht, so verkaufen Sie Alles, was Sie haben und kaufen Sie eine Septuaginta!

Gentlemen! Do you have a Septuagint? If not, sell all that you have, and go, buy yourself a Septuagint!”

There is not much to add to this, except the exciting news that there is a very new translation of the Septuagint by Alberta Pietersma and Benjamin G. Wright.  You can buy it from Amazon for only $24.

Speaking for myself – I know this is a project that I have been postponing for a while: reading the Septuagint daily until I can read it once every year.  It may take a few good years to get to that level of profieciency, but miracles are possible :).

Meanwhile, I am looking for a good Septuagint grammar, though I think I will start with the introduction of Pietersma and Hobbes ( see here) which I already have.  I did have a great chance to buy a brand new LXX from Jordan (at the Bible Society close to the first circle) for only about $30 (it does not sell very well there 😦 ).  Unfortunately – my luggage was already over the limit and I already had to leave some of my books in Jordan… I hope to get them to Korea one of these days…?

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4 responses

  1. Logos Bible Software has begun working on the Göttingen LXX. This version will be morphologically tagged, and the apparati will be linked directly to the primary sources.

    I thought you might be interested!

    Göttingen Septuagint

    February 26, 2009 at 11:36 pm

  2. Thanks. I will check it out. But – do you have a GRAMMAR for the Septuagint?? What is recommended?

    February 27, 2009 at 1:36 am

  3. There are a couple of LXX grammars in this collection, which is also available for pre-order:

    Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions (19 Vols.)

    This collection contains Thackeray’s Grammar, along with F.C. Conybeare and St. George Stock’s Grammar. It also has Westcott and Hort’s Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek. (Plus a dozen or so other amazing grammars.)

    February 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm

  4. Thanks Kent. I have Conybeare (hardly an introduction grammar). In any case – it is clear that both of these grammars are seriously outdated…

    March 1, 2009 at 10:43 am

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