Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader, by Karen H. Jobes


Anyone familiar with the study of koine Greek knows that it is a lifelong discipline. Seminaries offer different levels of study of koine Greek. Opportunely, the literature addressing the study of Greek is abundant and clearly classified by levels from introductory to advance grammars and handbooks. The book Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader (Kregel) is addressed to students advance students. The purpose of this book and the public this book is addressed to is announced by the author. Jobes (2016) stated, “It is intended to aid students who have had at least three semesters of koine Greek begin to read the Greek Jewish Scriptures as found in the Rahlfs-Hanhart critical edition of the Septuagint” (Jobes, 2016, p. 9).

The author and the contributors have included over six hundred verses extracted from the Septuagint, concretely from nine different books. Each book used in this book is preceded by a brief introduction addressing critical issues in translating the book from Hebrew into Greek, as well as historical aspects.

The Greek text is presented in chapters and verses as we have in our Bibles. The verses are accompanied by grammatical and syntactical notes (not to be confused with commentaries). The purpose of the notes is to help the student to better understand the use of verbs, tense, and the use of words in general. Jobes does a great job in inserting her own voice when necessary and using appropriate terminology without falling in elongated notes. It helps readers to read the text more fluently and without getting stuck between the Greek text and the author’s notes.

Though the target audience of this book is very specific, I believe pastors familiar with Greek can benefit from this book in many aspects. Of course, this book is highly recommended to seminary students currently studying Greek. This book can be considered as a companion textbook that will give them so much light to deepen their knowledge of Greek.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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