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Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby jeidsath » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:44 pm

I just received a copy Lanier & Ross's Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition.

I've read a chapter of the Psalms, some of Jeremiah, some of Exodus. I only noticed one typo (Jeremiah 1:11 has "Βακτηρίανr").

The glosses are good, as far as I can tell. The UBS Reader's Edition New Testament glosses seemed to err too much in the direction of contextual meaning and away from lexical meaning. I haven't read enough of this edition yet to know for sure, but I think that it does a better job of avoiding that.

The glossed verbs are parsed, although everything else just gets lexical form + english gloss. So no help in gender or declension, and sometimes you'll need to think for a moment to distinguish an adjective from a noun.

I found it to be a very pleasant reading experience, and found that it's very well suited for my level.

The binding is nice, in two volumes, with each volume having two ribbon bookmarks. The only real editorial flaw seems to be that they go a little overboard with the capital Greek letters in starting out speech and quotations. The more Greek that I read, the more oppressed I feel from all of our punctuation and paragraphing and typesetting.

They seem to present a single text, without criticism, even in areas where Rahlfs has parallel texts. [EDIT: I'm wrong, they present the parallel texts on facing pages] They probably discuss this somewhere in the introduction (which I haven't read fully). I don't think that it's that great a loss.
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby anphph » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:20 pm

Thanks for this. I am at the moment using their Reader's edition of the Hebrew version, a really nice book. If this is as good (and from your review it sounds like it is) it should be a great volume. Care to post some pictures?
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby jeidsath » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:38 pm

Here are the first two pages of Genesis. Let me know if there are others that you'd care to see:

https://i.imgur.com/lhtJKyD.png
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby mahasacham » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:34 pm

Is there any way you could post a sample of one of the Psalms?

I heard it uses the Alfred Rahlfs edition of the greek text so I am curious how the psalms look.

I prefer the Henry Barclay Swete arrangement of the text of the psalms but if they did any reformatting of this section I might be inclined to purchase this version.
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby jeidsath » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:10 pm

Here is the end of Psalm 105 (Book IV), and the start of Psalm 106 (Book V)

https://i.imgur.com/0FGvDLq.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/vLmK1dm.jpg
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby mahasacham » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:46 pm

Thank you so much Joel. I think I might order a copy of the set.
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby opoudjis » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:57 am

jeidsath wrote:Here are the first two pages of Genesis. Let me know if there are others that you'd care to see:

https://i.imgur.com/lhtJKyD.png


ἐξαγαγέτω glossed as an indicative instead of an imperative. Oh dear.
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby jeidsath » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:28 am

I see it twice on the second page, and they both look right to me.
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Re: Septuaginta Reader's Edition

Postby bedwere » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:41 pm

Exscuse my slightly off-topic post. When I was in Greece at the Ἑλληνικὸν Εἰδύλλιον, I noticed in the house a multivolume edition of the Bible with notes mostly from the Fathers, the rest in katharevousa. I searched for a pdf online, but couldn't find it. Does anybody know?
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