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…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. – CHOICE Magazine (Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University)

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. – London Review of Books (Diarmaid N.J. MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, Oxford University, Fellow of the British Academy)

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.
– Los Angeles Review of Books (Kevin Hart, Edwin B Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia)

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

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 overturns the assumptions of most Christians about their sacred scripture. He points out that the Greek text of the Septuagint was the early Church’s Bible, that it predates the Hebrew Scripture now commonly accepted, and that it presents plural traditions of ancient Hebrew biblical texts, many now lost to us. Fundamentalists will find these unpalatable truths; others will find that Law points to new delights in their reading of scripture. – Diarmaid N.J. MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, Oxford University, Fellow of the British Academy

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