Here’s a valuable introduction to how scholars date ancient papyri—and our oldest copies of the biblical texts are papyri—by Larry Hurtado from his excellent blog. Well worth reading if this is an area of mystery to you—and well worth recommending to students as a helpful ‘way in’ to the topic.
My good friend Will Ross, a Cambridge PhD student working on the Septuagint, has provided a ‘first thoughts’ review of Takamitsu Muraoka’s new grammar of Septuagint Greek, A Syntax of Septuagint Greek (Leuven: Peeters, 2016). Muraoka is a master of Greek, especially on the LXX, and has already provided us with a superb lexicon (see Will’s video introduction) and Hebrew-Greek index of the LXX, both of which must be considered the ‘state of the art’. Here’s the ‘blurb’ on the book: This is the first ever comprehensive Continue reading →
I’m looking forward to the paperback edition of this book (£95 in hardback—ouch!) so that I can learn from it. Kate Cooper of Manchester University, in the meantime, has provided us with a very helpful review here which summarises the central thesis of the book well, and hints at some of the key implications for reading the New Testament—thanks!
Here’s an excellent introductory short (6 minutess 37 seconds) video by my friend Will Ross on Septuagint lexicography from the Daily Dose of Greek vlog. He helpfully introduces the theme, and illustrates well by showing differences in approach in the two main Septuagint Greek lexical (Lust, Eynikel and Hauspie, and Muraoka). Worth a few minutes of your life!
Here’s a fine review/response to R. Scott Gleaves’ book Did Jesus Speak Greek? by my friend Will Ross. Will is a fine Septuagintalist, working on a Cambridge PhD at present, and has very helpful things—in agreement and in dispute—to say on this book, which revisits the debate over the language(s) which were around in first-century Palestine and (thus) the probable language(s) which Jesus himself spoke. Well worth reading.