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. The authors, 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.
“A full tour of Septuagint studies….The first edition, whose excellent reputation is entirely deserved, will be superseded by this second edition. 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, University of Oxford
“This new edition has incorporated the most up-to-date scholarship in the same informed and accessible style as the first….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, Lehigh University
“Invitation is the best entry-level introduction to the burgeoning and complex field of Septuagint studies, bar none….A must for every student and scholar of the Septuagint.” – Peter J. Gentry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Not only an excellent tool for newcomers but also a prominent reference work for seasoned scholars on the history of Septuagint studies and on the current state of research in a rapidly expanding field of study.” – Gert J. Steyn, University of Pretoria
“The authors have succeeded in doing justice to one of the most complex subjects in biblical studies.” – Myrto Theocharous, Greek Bible College
“For years I have been using and recommending Invitation to the Septuagint as an excellent, reader-friendly introduction to an often complex field of study….An admirable achievement.” – Robert J. V. Hiebert, Trinity Western University
Karen H. Jobes (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Emerita at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She is the author of several books, including 1 Peter in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) and the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on 1-3 John (2015 ECPA Gold Medallion).
Moisés Silva (PhD, University of Manchester) has taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives in Litchfield, Michigan.
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