Thursday, August 9, 2012

A New Volume from the Brill Septuagint Commentary Series

So I missed announcing this by about a week, but Brill has just released the latest in its Septuagint Commentary Series, 1 Esdras by Michael Bird.  Here's the blurb:

In 1 Edras Michael Bird presents a commentary on this much neglected text based on its witness in Codex Vaticanus as part of the next installment of the Septuagint Commentary Series. Containing material that parallels 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah, 1 Esdras is featured in the Septuagint and Christian Apocrypha. The commentary presents a survey of critical issues related to the study of 1 Esdras and provides an impressive literary analysis of the contours of 1 Esdras

Though, most of us common folk cannot afford these volumes, I am glad to see this initiative continuing forward by Stanley Porter, et. al.  I personally benefitted from the Genesis volume in previous research.  These commentaries assist in issues of translation technique of the Old Greek/LXX and other topics that MT based commentaries naturally do not touch on.  Furthermore, since the LXX holds such importance in the NT, a commentary on the LXX becomes a helpful guide to the NT exegete.

I should also mention that SBL and The IOSCS has announced a similar initiative, with proposed commentators, in 2005.  I hope it will start appearing soon!  I will update if I hear anything.

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