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Book Review – Discovering the Septuagint


Book Review – Discovering the Septuagint

When I first started learning Greek I thoroughly enjoyed it. I approached the text as if it were a mysterious adventure waiting for a willing participant.. However, after a certain point it was no longer a challenge and I began to lose interest. If only I had a copy of Discovering the Septuagint by Karen H Jobes I could have avoided the eventual boredom that set in. In this book we have what generations of Greek students only dreamed of – a book that takes you to the next level by introducing the complexities and nuances of this particular Greek text.

Using over 600 verses from nine books in the Septuagint (LXX), Jobes takes the reader on a tour of the different genres. Each chapter starts with an introduction to the book from which the passage is taken, the specific verses which will be examined, and relevant notes regarding the vocabulary and grammar. The verse presentation uses the Rahlfs-Hanhart edition of the LXX.

Students of Koine Greek will find this book exciting. Jobes presents us with an opportunity to expand our vocabulary and see firsthand how the LXX translates familiar Hebrew texts.This book isn’t for the novice however and I would recommend it only for those who are already somewhat familiar with the Koine Greek of the New Testament. Those who also have experience with Hebrew will desire a little more. I can only hope that there is a follow-up to this wonderful book which probes the depths of the variations between the Masoretic text and the Septuagint.

Where to buy Discovering the Septuagint:

Click here to purchase Discovering the Septuagint on Amazon

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Click here to purchase Discovering the Septuagint from Kregel Academic

About the Author

Discovering the SeptuagintKaren H. Jobes (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor emerita of New Testament Greek and exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. Her previous publications include Invitation to the Septuagint, coauthored with Moíses Silva.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Academic in exchange for an online 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.”

One thought on “Book Review – Discovering the Septuagint

  1. Chris Sellers

    As a pastor I’d have to ask if you how this might affect my ability to bring the word to my congregation or minister to them. I enjoy the languages a lot but at times it can distract from my calling by luring me into the weeds. How would you use this in your ministry?

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