Monday, October 3, 2016

Review: Discovering the Septuagint by:Karen H. Jobes

 Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader
About the Book:
Quick access to Septuagint vocabulary and syntax for students with two years of biblical Greek 

 Interest in the Septuagint today continues to grow stronger. Despite that interest, students have lacked a guidebook to the text similar to the readers and handbooks that exist for the Greek New Testament. Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader fills that need. Created by an expert on the Septuagint, this groundbreaking resource draws on Jobes's experience as an educator in order to help upper--level college, seminary, and graduate students cultivate skill in reading the Greek Old Testament.

This reader presents, in Septuagint canonical order, ten Greek texts from the Rahlfs--Hanhart Septuaginta critical edition. It explains the syntax, grammar, and vocabulary of more than 700 verses from select Old Testament texts representing a variety of genres, including the Psalms, the Prophets, and more.

The texts selected for this volume were chosen to fit into a typical semester. Each text (1) is an example of distinctive Septuagint syntax or word usage; (2) exemplifies the amplification of certain theological themes or motifs by the Septuagint translators within their Jewish Hellenistic culture; and/or (3) is used significantly by New Testament writers.


My Review:
  The Septuagint (from the Latin septuaginta, "seventy") is a translation of the Hebrew Bible and some related texts into Koine Greek. As the primary Greek translation of the Old Testament, it is also called the Greek Old Testament. This translation is quoted a number of times in the New Testament, particularly in Pauline epistles, and also by the Apostolic Fathers and later Greek Church Fathers. "taken from Wikipedia"

 Seminary students and Bible scholars alike have a huge interest in this very useful book. The Septuagint, a great book for people of a certain vocation to learn and study the Greek and Hebrew translations of the Bible. And for a lay person that doesn't know much about the subject a reader is the perfect guide to help you learn a little bit more about this fascinating book. 

 My husband and daughter are both ministers and they couldn't wait until I received this book for review. They both agreed that it would help them with Greek and Hebrew translations in their sermons. This book comes to life when you open it. It literally takes you on a journey through the Bible. It is amazing the different translations. I really enjoyed the book and it will make the perfect addition to me reference library.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.