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Greek Productivity

Oldest Known Fragments of the LXX

If you have had an NT Introduction class, you have probably heard of p52, the oldest known fragment of the NT. But do you know what is the oldest known fragment of the LXX? Check out Greek Papyrus 458 of the John Rylands Library. It’s from the 2nd century BCE and contains portions of Deuteronomy 23-28. […]

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Aramaic Bible Greek Hebrew Productivity

Critical Editions Online

The German Bible Society has a really nice website where you can access their critical editions. See here: BHS, LXX, NA27, UBS4, Vulgate and more One cool way to use the site is to link to specific passages in blog posts or tweets. For instance, here, you can check out the story where Paul preaches […]

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Bible Greek Hebrew

“All Roads of LXX Studies Lead Back to Origen”

What does it mean that all roads of Septuagint studies lead back to Origen? Dines states it nicely, Origen had not intended his work to be used indiscriminately; it was to help users of the Bible who needed a clearer picture of the text in order to gain access to the Hebrew, whether for debate […]

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Bible Greek

Prophetic Literature and Persecution

I’ve said a few times that if Christians in America ever experience more explicit, intense persecution, we will rediscover the true meaning and purpose of the biblical prophetic literature. It was interesting to read a similar thought from Jennifer Dines concerning the “prophetic gap.” If the Pentateuch was translated in the mid-second century B.C.E. and […]

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Bible Greek

Why not Greek “Targums”?

There is a general consensus among scholars that the first first few books of the Septuagint were translated in the early- to mid-third century B.C.E in Alexandria. In her concise little Introduction to the Septuagint, Jennifer Dines ponders, Why were written Scriptures needed, or permitted, in Greek at a time when they were not, apparently, […]

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Bible Greek

Friday Folly

The man even has a line of cigars named after him… [These guys have a full review]

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Bible Greek

A Lexicographer’s Favorite Verses

Anyone with the slightest bit of experience doing word studies knows what a wearisome task the lexicographer has. Today, as my mind wandered from the task at hand, I flipped through the front pages of Takamitsu Muraoka’s Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint. What verses did he choose to include at the end of his Introduction (page […]

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Bible Greek

How Do You Say “Par Excellence” in Greek?

In the front of the Rahlfs-Hanhart edition of the Septuagint there is a brief “History of the Septuagint Text” written by Rahlfs. As Rahlfs describes the way first century Christians regarded the Old Testament, he casually drops a Greek word that occurs only once in the LXX and once in the NT. Of course, I […]

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Bible Greek Hebrew

Septuagint and New Testament

Chapter 9 of Jobes and Silva is about the relationship between the LXX and the NT. I thought their discussion of the relationship between the language of the LXX and NT was worth a few quotes here. The LXX and NT share a common language, yet there is “much linguistic diversity” throughout the literature. A Fact […]

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Coming Soon: BibleWorks 9

A very intriguing post from the folks at BibleWorks. Looks like version 9 will feature significant integration of the high resolution digital images of biblical manuscripts available on the web! More information on the BibleWorks Manuscript Project is available here. To see what’s new in version 9, click here.