Category Archives: LXX

Olofsson on Religious Background of LXX

I came across this very interesting quote from Staffan Olofsson.  At first read I was both taken aback and defensive, but considering that all translation is interpretation, this is, to a certain degree, true. As a consequence, the LXX is, … Continue reading

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SEBTS Library

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s library does a lot of good things. Sure, it is moderately frustrating that the only have two volumes of the Scandinavian Journal for OT Studies, and sure, they don’t have the journal De Septuaginta (which, as … Continue reading

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Literal and Free Translations

If you have encountered the Septuagint in any formal capacity you are taught to notice whether the translator handles the Hebrew original in a literal or free manner.  Benjamin G. Wright in his article, “The Quantitative Representation of Elements: Evaluating … Continue reading

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Translators as Storytellers

As many of you know, I have started my Th.M program studying the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament).  My initial thought for a thesis is to explore the literary alterations/retelling of the book of Jonah that take … Continue reading

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Idioms in 1 Maccabees: Revised

Once again I opened my trusty LXX to 1 Maccabees and discovered something interesting.  I previously mentioned that the author used πιπτω as a euphemism for death.  Well, when translating, I found this expression “contrasted” with the verb θανατοω “to … Continue reading

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Idioms in 1 Maccabees

As you might be aware, I have been doing a bit of translation in the first book of Maccabees. I have noticed a couple of idioms that I would like to share. The first is the tendency for the author … Continue reading

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A Reflection

I have found an encouraging thread throughout the tapestry of this book.  Interest in Septuagint scholarship is on the rise.  If you go into Southeastern’s library, you might find half a book shelf to a full book shelf worth of … Continue reading

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“Idol Worship in Bel and the Dragon and Other Jewish Liturature from the Second Temple Period”

For those unfamiliar with the “Apocrypha,” the title Bel and the Dragon may sound like a child’s story.  Whatever you may think of the story, it is simply an addition to the book of Daniel and it has the topic … Continue reading

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“Messianism in the Septuagint”

It has been a while since I have provided you with some of my gleanings within the realm of LXX studies.  This is due in part because I took a break from posting about my reading and it is also … Continue reading

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Joshua, A Judge of Israel?

I came across an interesting passage in my translation of 1 Maccabees.  As an aside, some of you might be wondering why I am reading this book since it is not a part of the Protestant canon, but it might … Continue reading

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