A New English Translation of the Septuagint

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Albert Pietersma, Benjamin G. Wright
Oxford University Press, Nov 2, 2007 - Religion - 1027 pages
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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.

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User Review  - deusvitae - LibraryThing

A great new resource for those interested in the Hebrew Bible. NETS provides a fairly literal translation of the Septuagint based on the best critical editions compiled to date. It is the first ... Read full review

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User Review  - saintfine - Christianbook.com

Got this for a reference bible only. It serves that purpose exactly. Not a reader. If it were a reader I prefer a leather cover. Decent paper and binding. Yet to read it much but if you need it for reference to that historic scripture this is the one to get. Read full review


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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.

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