Saturday, May 27, 2006

Septuagint Research

Wolfgang Kraus and R. Glenn Wooden, eds, Septuagint Research: Issues and Challenges in the Study of the Greek Jewish Scriptures (Septuagint and Cognate Studies 53; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006), pp. xvi + 414. ISBN 1589832043. $49.95.

Publication blurb:
The past few decades have witnessed a renewed scholarly interest in the Septuagint, especially with regard to its importance for the fields of theology, Jewish studies, classics, philosophy, history of religions, linguistics, and history of literature. To provide students and scholars alike with ready access to the most recent developments, this collection of essays presents a comprehensive and representative picture of septuagintal research today. Specifically, this volume surveys methodological issues, provides thematic and book-centered studies focused on the Old Greek-Septuagint translations, explores the use of these translations in the New Testament, and issues a call for the exploration of the theologies of the Septuagint as a bridge between the theologies of the Hebrew Bible and those of the New Testament. It brings together a variety of perspectives, from emerging voices to seasoned scholars, both English-speaking scholars working on the New English Translation of the Septuagint project and German-speaking scholars working on the Septuaginta Deutsch project.


  1. Anything on textual criticism of the Septuagint itself?

  2. Thank you for the invitation to contribute to the discussion.
    My personal experiences lead to:
    1. I would not attempt to critique
    the Word of God without having taken time for prayer for that inspiration.
    2. The prerequistes include:
    a)First:Having asked Jesus Christ to "come into my heart andbe Lord of my life". ref. John 3:16
    b) Second: Asking Jesus to
    "--- baptize me in the Holy Spirit and with 'fire'".
    ref. Luke 3:15 - 17
    Pray "in tongues in the Holy Spirit as Fr. Nash did for Charles Grandison Finny just outside wherever Finney was preaching, teaching, and "drawing others into God's Presence"(whether or not youliked his lawyer type approach to begin with. He was "the Billy Graham of his time", circa 1830 in Rochester, N.Y. See his autobiography and book:"Tha Shopkeeper's Millenium" if you can find a copy! My interest in him began when I discovered that he gave his life over to the Lord's Work and went into full time evangelism for the Lord in Adams Center, N. Y. just a few miles South of my (74 years ago)hometown of Watertown, N.Y. If you're at all interested,I've written a poem about his stirring experience of surrendering to the Lord for lack of a more descriptive word.

    I preface my in depth comment which I reserve for another time to
    first "see where you are coming from"!
    In His love,
    Charles Reilly, "C Far"

  3. Charles, your prayers for evangelical textual critics will be greatly appreciated.

    Daniel, I'm afraid I don't know more about the book than I've pasted. See if you can find out more through the usual searches.

  4. This book is the outcome of a conference between the German and N. American translation projects of the LXX. Textual criticism was not a major focus, although it naturally underpins many issues. For the abstracts of the papers at the conference (which of course do not always reflect the published versions), see:


  5. Thanks for the link:
    Starting from the Septuagint and the Qumran texts of the books of Samuel the paper will

    1) discuss the relation of the Septuagint-text to the different text-types at Qumran,

    2) discuss the change of the Hebrew reference-text from the original Septuagint (the so called 'Old Greek') to the recensions, and

    3) present a solution to the question of when and how this change came about.

    It appears that the main question being addressed in furrent TC of the LXX is comparision of one 'established' OT text to another, rather than at the OG ms level.

  6. I have posted the table of contents on my site here