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Invitation to the Septuagint, 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9781441266651



This comprehensive yet user-friendly primer to the Septuagint (LXX) acquaints readers with the Greek versions of the Old Testament. It is accessible to students, assuming no prior knowledge about the Septuagint, yet is also informative for seasoned scholars. Karen H. Jobes and Moisés Silva, both prominent Septuagint scholars, explore the history of the LXX, the various versions of it available, and its importance for biblical studies. This new edition has been substantially revised, expanded, and updated to reflect major advances in Septuagint studies. Appendixes offer helpful reference resources for further study.

For more studies of the Septuagint check out The Septuagint and Modern Study.

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  • Covers the history of the Septuagint
  • Explores the Septuagint in biblical studies
  • Surveys the current state of Septuagint studies
  • The Origin of the Septuagint and Other Greek Versions
  • The Transmission of the Septuagint
  • The Septuagint in Modern Times
  • The Septuagint as a Translation
  • The Language of the Septuagint
  • Establishing the Text of the Septuagint
  • Using the Septuagint for the Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible
  • The Judean Desert Discoveries and Septuagint Studies
  • The Septuagint and the New Testament
  • Interpreting the Septuagint
  • Our Predecessors: Septuagint Scholars of a Previous Generation
  • Current Studies in Language and Translation
  • Reconstructing the History of the Text
  • Theological Development in the Hellenistic Age
Jobes and Silva’s 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. . . . Completely reworked and admirably up to date, it relates constructively to some criticisms expressed about the first edition. This book merits a place in the library of anyone seriously interested in the study of the Bible.

Jan Joosten, Regius Professor of Hebrew, 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, University Distinguished Professor, 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, Donald L. Williams Professor of Old Testament, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Title: Invitation to the Septuagint
  • Authors: Karen Jobes, Moisés Silva
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Greek › Versions--Septuagint
  • ISBNs: 9781441266651, 9780801036491
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T04:55:29Z

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Karen H. Jobes is Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Emerita at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She is the author of Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles and 1 Peter in The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) (18 vols.).

Moisés Silva has taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives in Litchfield, Michigan. He is the author of Interpreting Galatians: Explorations in Exegetical Method, 2nd ed., Biblical Words and Their Meaning, 2nd ed., and the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE) (5 vols.).


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  1. Brian Poad

    Brian Poad


    Currently reading this in paperback, very helpful and insightful