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The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research, 3rd rev. and exp. ed.

ISBN: 9781575063287


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This handbook provides a practical guide for the student and scholar alike who wishes to use the Septuagint (LXX) in the text-critical analysis of the Hebrew Bible. It does not serve as another theoretical introduction to the LXX, but it provides all the practical background information needed for the integration of the LXX in biblical studies. The LXX, together with the Masoretic Text and several Qumran scrolls, remains the most significant source of information for the study of ancient Scripture, but it is written in Greek, and many technical details need to be taken into consideration when using this tool. Therefore, a practical handbook such as this is needed for the integration of the Greek translation in the study of the Hebrew Bible.

The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research is based on much background information, intuition and experience, clear thinking, and a solid description of the procedures followed. The author presents his handbook after half a century of study of the Septuagint, four decades of specialized teaching experience, and involvement in several research projects focusing on the relation between the Hebrew and Greek Bibles.

The first two editions of this handbook, published by Simor of Jerusalem (Jerusalem Biblical Studies 3 [1981] and 8 [1997]), received much praise but have been out of print for a considerable period. This, the third, edition presents a completely revised version of the previous editions based on the many developments that took place in the analysis of the Septuagint, the Hebrew Bible and the Qumran Scrolls. Much new information has also been added.

Eisenbrauns has been involved in the marketing of the previous two editions and is proud to offer now its own completely novel edition. A must for students of the Hebrew Bible, textual criticism, the Septuagint and the other ancient translations, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Jewish Hellenism.

Key Features

  • Full revised and updated covering major developments in Hebrew Bible textual criticism
  • Grounded in decades of experience and research
  • Extensive bibliography and indexes


  • Chapter Introduction: Some Basic Notions
  • Part I: The Reconstruction of the Hebrew Text Underlying the LXX: Possibilities and Impossibilities
    • When to Reconstruct Variants?
    • How to Reconstruct the Vorlage of the LXX—Positive and Negative Aspects
    • The Reconstruction of Elements Not Indicated in the Vorlage of the Translators
    • Variants, Variants/Non-Variants, and Pseudo-Variants
  • Part II: The Nature and Evaluation of the Hebrew Text Underlying the LXX
    • The Nature of the Hebrew Text Underlying the LXX
    • The Evaluation of Retroverted Variants in Biblical Research
    • The Contribution of the LXX to the Literary Criticism of the Bible

Praise for the Print Edition

A most important tool for Septuagint and text-critical research. It gives a thorough introduction into the use of the Septuagint in biblical research and convincingly expresses the relevance of the LXX for textual criticism.

—B. Beekman, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses

Product Details

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Emanuel Tov (* 15. September 1941 in Amsterdam) ist ein israelischer Bibelwissenschaftler und seit 1986 Professor am bibelwissenschaftlichen Institut der Hebräischen Universität in Jerusalem. Er ist weltweit anerkannter Experte für Fragen der Textkritik. In das Herausgeberteam für die Veröffentlichung der Schriftrollen vom Toten Meer wurde Tov 1984 aufgenommen, 1990 löste er John Strugnell als verantwortlichen Herausgeber ab.

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