Invitation to the Septuagint 2nd Edition
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"Invitation proposes a full tour of Septuagint studies. All aspects of the ancient Greek version are explored, with extensive examples and discussion of scholarly approaches. The first edition, whose excellent reputation is entirely deserved, will be superseded by this second edition. This book merits a place in the library of anyone seriously interested in the study of the Bible."
--Jan Joosten, University of Oxford
"Since the first edition of Jobes and Silva's groundbreaking introduction, research on and interest in the Septuagint has increased dramatically. This new edition has incorporated the most up-to-date scholarship in the same informed and accessible style as the first. Kudos to the authors for so lucidly guiding their readers through the most recent developments in Septuagint studies. This volume should be on the shelf of all who are interested in this corpus, whether they are general readers or specialists."
--Benjamin G. Wright, Lehigh University
"Invitation is the best entry-level introduction to the burgeoning and complex field of Septuagint studies, bar none. In this second edition, the authors have clarified misunderstandings, responded to criticisms, thoroughly revised and updated the work, and added helpful material for using the Göttingen editions. It is a must for every student and scholar of the Septuagint."
--Peter J. Gentry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Invitation to the Septuagint is a well-established standard work for students and specialists alike and one of the most valuable resources on Septuagint studies today. This second, expanded edition takes an already invaluable tool to its highest level as a comprehensive primer and a compendium of existing information. Marked by substantial revisions and valuable additions, it incorporates a large number of the most important developments since the first edition, making it not only an excellent tool for newcomers but also a prominent reference work for seasoned scholars on the history of Septuagint studies and on the current state of research in a rapidly expanding field of study."
--Gert J. Steyn, University of Pretoria
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.29 pounds
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801036496
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801036491
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.08 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Baker Academic; 2nd Edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Invitation to the Septuagint appropriately begins with a brief introduction that details the use of the Septuagint in the academic context of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Scriptures. Readers will exit this introduction with an established understanding and framework for the pages that follow. The book is divided into three major sections: (1) The History of the Septuagint, (2) The Septuagint in Biblical Studies, and (3) The Current State of Septuagint Studies. The most helpful sections for most readers will be the former two sections. Lastly, there are a number of useful appendixes, such as a glossary, and a list of differences in versification between English versions and the Septuagint.
The second edition of Invitation to the Septuagint has been revised, updated, and significantly expanded to meet the changing needs of the reader since the first edition. The entirety of this volume demands the attention of serious students, but there are also a few noteworthy chapters to highlight here. The two chapters that I found most beneficial, especially after working through the history and language of the Septuagint, were the chapters on the Septuagint for the textual criticism of the Old Testament and the Septuagint and the New Testament. These two chapters displayed the immediate benefit of the Septuagint within biblical studies. The appendixes are likewise worth mention, as they do well in providing both reference and direction for further study.
Invitation to the Septuagint by Karen H. Jobes and Moises Silva has provided both students and scholars with a much needed second edition of their well-received introduction to the Septuagint. Septuagint studies are notoriously complex, but Jobes and Silva have helpfully distilled the need-to-know information and packaged it in a comprehensive, informative, and user-friendly volume. If you are looking for a reliable and accessible source that will provide a helpful reference point without disregarding the necessary “nuts and bolts” of the Septuagint, Invitation to the Septuagint is by far the best available option. It is a book should be read by anyone interested in biblical studies and consulted often. It comes highly recommended.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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It is one I will come back to again, for many of the ideas are good and insightful .
I highly recommend this book to those who are looking at Canonicity or Old Testament studies in general.
It is a work which assumes some familiarity with Greek, and to some extent Hebrew, so I wouldn't recommend it to the complete beginner, but I would happily recommend it to those studying in the field of Old Testament, or those with a basic grasp of at least Biblical Greek.
I'm not entirely convinced of some of the argumentation on the interaction between the Greek and Hebrew textual traditions, and I feel more should be made of the deuterocanonical books, but their arguments,where they make them well, are compelling and well presented nonetheless.
Die Druckqualität bei dieser Auflage ist miserabel. Sehr blasse Schrift auf gelblichem Papier. Es ist zwar "nur" ein Taschenbuch, aber für den Preis darf ich mehr Qualität erwarten als bei einem Liebesroman vom Wühltisch im Supermarkt.