A couple of weeks ago I posted on why Christians should be reading the Septuagint more. However, even for those who know Greek, the idea of picking up the LXX and beginning to read can be a little daunting.
Enter Karen Jobes' Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader, just out from Kregel this month. Discovering the Septuagint is designed to help readers with three or more semesters of Koine Greek begin to engage the LXX. The volume contains over six hundred verses of the LXX chosen from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Ruth, Esther, Psalms, Isaiah, Hosea, Jonah, and Malachi.
Each section begins with a brief introduction to the Greek version of the biblical book followed by a presentation of the chosen texts. Each passage includes:
One of the really cool elements of this project is that a lot of student input went into both the concept for and creation of the volume. I actually had the privilege of contributing a number of LXX chapters to the book, as did eight other Wheaton students. Dr. Jobes was kind enough to get Kregel to put our names on the cover. Thanks Dr. Jobes!
In short, Discovering the Septuagint is a great resource that gives students of NT Greek the tools they need to begin to read the LXX. Dr. Jobes has done all of us a huge service in allowing us to glean from her expertise in the LXX.
So, if you have some Koine Greek under your belt and are wanting to dive into the LXX, or are considering teaching a class on the LXX sometime soon, run—do not walk—to your computer (okay, so you're already there) and order a copy.