The Septuagint Sessions #3 – Rhetoric in the Greek Pentateuch. On the Language of the Septuagint II

In this episode, I discuss rhetorical features in the Greek Pentateuch based on James Aitken’s 2011 article. These examples are used to further the argument in the last episode concerning the translators’ knowledge of Greek. This is the second of the series examining questions such as: Is “Septuagint Greek” a dialect? How proficient in Greek were the […]

The Septuagint Sessions #2 – Shoddy Greek? On the Language of the Septuagint I

In the second episode of The Septuagint Sessions, I talk about the impressions of the translators’ skills many gain from the peculiar style of the Septuagint translation. Does the Greek of the Septuagint betray translators ignorant of the Greek into which they attempted to render their Hebrew texts? This is the first of a new series that […]

Free Course: The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future

If you’ve ever wanted to study the Bible in an academic context, now’s your chance to do it at no cost.  The first Bible course will be made available on Coursera from Emory University and Jacob Wright. What’s great about this one is the combination of political and biblical-theological concerns. Americans are especially attuned to […]

A Conspiracy Against the Apocrypha?

This is a superb comment by Hartmut Gese from his 1977 article, ”Das biblische Schriftverständnis.” Man muß darauf hinweisen, daß die reformatorische Kirche mit ihrer Aussonderung der Apokryphen einer Gesamtsicht biblischer Tradition keinen Dienst geleistet hat … Seit den historischen Entdeckungen des 19. Jh. und vollends nach der Qumrans haben wir keinen wissenschaftlichen Grund mehr, die […]