The Septuagint Sessions #9 – Francis Borchardt on 2 Maccabees 2:13-15

This podcast is part 2 of an interview with Francis Borchardt [Listen to part 1 here]. We discuss the usefulness of 2 Maccabees 2:13-15 in discussions on the formation of the canon, and he offers 5 proofs for why this passage cannot be used as evidence for an emerging canon in the second century BCE. 2 Maccabees 2:13-15 13 ἐξηγοῦντο δὲ […]

The Septuagint Sessions #8 – Francis Borchardt on the Prologue to Sirach and the Tripartite Canon

In this podcast, Francis Borchardt of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong joins us to talk about the Prologue to Sirach and the question of the emerging Hebrew Bible canon. Since the writer of the Prologue — assumed to be Ben Sira’s grandson and the translator of the Greek version of Ben Sira — […]

The Septuagint Sessions #7 [AUDIO VERSION] – Benjamin G. Wright on Translation Theory and the Interlinear Paradigm for Septuagint Studies

[This podcast first appeared in video and can be viewed here.] In this podcast, Professor Benjamin Wright joins us from Lehigh University to talk about translation theory and the Interlinear Paradigm for Septuagint Studies. He is the University Distinguished Professor in Religion Studies, Bible, Early Judaism and Christianity, the co-editor of the New English Translation of the […]

The Septuagint Sessions #7 [VIDEO VERSION] – Benjamin G. Wright on Translation Theory and the Interlinear Paradigm for Septuagint Studies

In this podcast (the first in video), Professor Benjamin Wright joins us from Lehigh University to talk about translation theory and the Interlinear Paradigm for Septuagint Studies. He is the University Distinguished Professor in Religion Studies, Bible, Early Judaism and Christianity, the co-editor of the New English Translation of the Septuagint, and author or editor of numerous […]

RIP Maya Angelou

What a tragic loss of a real hero of our time. Below is one of her best, and one of the most inspirational pieces anywhere. Still I Rise You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does […]

The Septuagint Sessions #4 – High Style in the Greek Isaiah. On the Language of the Septuagint III

This episode is the third in the series, “On the Language of the Septuagint.” Today I discuss John Lee’s forthcoming work — based on his 2011-2012 Grinfield Lectures in Oxford — on the higher register of the Greek Isaiah. Previous episodes have discussed the translators’ command of Greek mostly in the Pentateuch. Here, we turn […]