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A splendid work…I haven’t found any book so interesting and enjoyable in years. – Sir Fergus Millar, Camden Professor of Ancient History (Emeritus), Oxford, and Fellow of the British Academy

Law thus brilliantly turns accepted wisdom about the nature of biblical text on its head. [He is] aware that good history is a solvent for lazy and often harmful promulgations…[He writes] with an implicit moral purpose. – Diarmaid N.J. MacCulloch, London Review of Books

Law writes “to acquaint interested non-specialists with the importance of the Septuagint. They are wooed effectively with warm-hearted argument.” The “narrative argument brings the biblical and patristic periods together in a way which may help many who are learning the subject primarily from a biblical angle. It shows once again, for those who may not realize it, how fundamental the Septuagint has been for Christianity. The author’s lively apologetic and polemic are not always the same as guidance for non-specialists, but his particular target audience is a vital one for biblical and ancient Jewish studies. May the book stir many who come to these fields.” – William Horbury, Journal of Jewish Studies

It is a gripping tale, beautifully told, and should be of profound interest to any reader of the Jewish or Christian Bible…Timothy Michael Law has written the first introduction to the LXX that can be read by people outside the guild. It is a remarkable book, full of fascinating detail that I cannot evoke in a short review, a book that tells a rich story that no reader of the Bible can afford to ignore.
Kevin Hart, Los Angeles Review of Books

…an ambitious, accessible, and intelligent survey of the context, composition, and contributions of the Septuagint to Christian scripture and theology. This is a fine introduction to an underappreciated subject. — Amy-Jill Levine, CHOICE Magazine 

When God Spoke Greek succeeds in remaining accessible to the educated reader whilst satisfying the scholarly expectations of the professional biblical scholar. Law is to be commended on an impressive achievement. – C.L. Crouch, SOTS Book List 2014

Reading Law’s book is a bit like reading the biography of someone you once knew, but not well. It is full of information you never suspected was true. … Law’s vivid re-creation of the Greco-Roman world into which the Septuagint was born and of the culture it helped shape is more than readable. It is fascinating. – Joseph Martos, Theological Studies

…a good and lively read…intended to convey Law’s sense of the importance of the Septuagint, to enthuse and to inspire readers to explore the subject further, and its accessibility and entertaining style achieve this aim very well. – Jane McLarty, Journal of Theological Studies

…one of those rare volumes which successfully communicates a fascinating general overview fully grounded in serious academic research…Law’s manifesto calls for the Academy to return to the study of the Septuagint as the great document of the rise of Christianity, and the Church to re-engage with the Septuagint as part of its Biblical inheritance…NETS and Law would together be a perfect introduction to the Bible which shaped Western culture and the Christian Church. – John Ritzema, The Oxonian Review

When churchgoers and church watchers wonder about the origins of Christian theology, questions about the Septuagint’s importance for the New Testament and patristic era do not dominate their concerns. Law laments this lack of attention and enthusiastically explains the Septuagint s history, its significance for early Christian writers, and the reasons it all but disappeared from theological discourse in the Christian West. – The Christian Century

An original thinker, Timothy Michael Law portrays the birth, development, and theological impact of the Septuagint on Christianity and western civilization, and analyzes in a fascinating way the Septuagint as a creation in its own right and not only as a translation. This innovative study, incorporating the very latest research, is meant for the scholar and learned reader alike. – Emanuel Tov, J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible, the Hebrew University

Law provides a thorough, readable introduction to the Septuagint’s formation, distinctiveness, impact upon the New Testament writers, and ongoing life in the Christian Church. Law boldly challenges us to reckon with the theological implications of multiple ‘Old Testaments’ informing early Judaism and Christianity and to consider the Septuagint afresh as Christian Scripture. We cannot afford to ignore the testimony this book offers. – David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor, Ashland Theological Seminary