A Fantastic Book

I cannot tell you how good this book is:

Invitation to the Septuagint by Karen Jobes & Moises Silva

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        1. The one-liner. Good at saving time.

          I’d love to see a review too but I know how time consuming that is. And it’s not like you got a review copy of it and have any obligation.

        2. Yeah, non-review copy books are harder to make a priority to review.

          As for this particular book, if you skim the more difficult sections (or even just skip them – there’s enough to come back to later when you have a better grasp of things), this particular book is a surprisingly easy read. I knocked it off in two days. Its that well written.

  1. Hi Mike, I don’t think I’ve commented on your blog before, but I thought I’d add my two cents. I agree that Jobes and Silva is the best LXX Introduction, Natalio Fernandez Marcos’ The Septuagint in Context is fantastic but quite expensive and hard to get ahold of. There is another newer introduction by Jennifer Dines (The Septuagint) that is very good, if brief, but it interacts with both Jobes and Silva and Marcos’ book, which is helpful. There are also two very good online resources: http://www.kalvesmaki.com/LXX/index.htm and http://biblical-studies.ca/lxx/lxx.html. I attempted my own review of Jobes and Silva a while ago here: http://kilbabo.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/book-review-jobes-and-silvas-invitation-to-the-septuagint/

    Blessings, Ben

    1. Hi Ben, thanks for dropping by. Its true there are others. I think Dines is too short. I’ve wanted to look at Marcos’ book, but I can’t afford it and its been checked out at the library by a professor for some time.

      Another good site is CCAT’s LXX site, which you can google for the link.

  2. The one thing I appreciated about Dines book, more than Jobes and Silva, was her inclusion of a discussion of the reception of the LXX in Judaism and early Christianity. This is a discussion lacking in Jobes and Silva and I think its an important one for those wrestling with understanding the Septuagint as Christian Scripture. Another great book on this is M. Hengel’s work, The Septuagint as Christian Scripture.

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