Book Announcement: Jobes' Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader

Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader edited by Karen H. Jobes (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2016). 352pp. ISBN: 9780825443428

One of my post-doctoral goals (someday soon, I pray) is to delve further into the Septuagint. For this reason I was happy to accept a review copy of Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader edited by Karen H. Jobes (of Invitation to the Septuagint fame). This is a really beautiful volume. It is hard covered, sturdy, and the font reads easily. A long list of contributors offered their expertise under the guidance of Jobes. This leads to a wide sampling of Septuagint texts from Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, the Additions to Greek Esther, various Psalms, and the prophets Hosea, Jonah, Malachi, and Isaiah. 

The book is ordered so that important verses are highlighted with segments taken out for parsing and further discussion. Here is an example from Genesis 1:1:

As you can see at the top there, these books are also introduced along with their select readings and a small selected bibliography for further reading. 

Locations where these passages appear in the New Testament are listed at the end of each section. This is helpful for those who are studying the NT's use of the LXX.

The English translation of the passages comes from the NETS version. 

I highly recommend this volume for those who want to work on their LXX Greek, as I do.