A New English Translation of the Septuagint
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A New English Translation of the Septuagint

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The Septuagint (the ancient Greek translation of Jewish sacred writings) is of great importance in the history of both Judaism and Christianity. The first translation of the books of the Hebrew Bible (plus additions) into the common language of the ancient Mediterranean world made the Jewish scriptures accessible to many outside Judaism. Not only did the Septuagint become Holy Writ to Greek speaking Jews but it was also the Bible of the early Christian communities: the scripture they cited and the textual foundation of the early Christian movement. Translated from Hebrew (and Aramaic) originals in the two centuries before Jesus, the Septuagint provides important information about the history of the text of the Bible. For centuries, scholars have looked to the Septuagint for information about the nature of the text and of how passages and specific words were understood. For students of the Bible, the New Testament in particular, the study of the Septuagint's influence is a vital part of the history of interpretation. But until now, the Septuagint has not been available to English readers in a modern and accurate translation. The New English Translation of the Septuagint fills this gap.show more

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  • Hardback | 1027 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 816.46g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195289757
  • 9780195289756
  • 94,847

About Albert Pietersma

Albert Pietersma is Professor of Septuagint and Hellenistic Greek at The University of Toronto. Benjamin G. Wright is University Distinguished Professor of Religion Studies, Bible, Early Judaism, Christianity at Lehigh University.show more

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this is a wonderful book, the best and most complete translation of the LXX currently available for English readers. * Jewish Bible Quarterly * A fresh and timely translation of the Septuagint. I enthusiasticall endorse this new translation. All those involved in this admirable project are to be congratulated for their contribution to raising Septuagint studies to the level of intensity and interest achieved by its sister fields of the Hebrew OT and the Greek NT. * Radu Gheorghita, Journal of the Evangelical Theology Society *show more

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