Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition - hardcover blue, 2 volumesHendrickson Publishers / 2018 / Hardcover$66.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Smith Gap Billy5 Stars Out Of 5Septuaginta readers additionJune 17, 2019Smith Gap BillyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In my opinion this is a fantastic resource. It's like reading the Greek New Testament using Kubo's Greek English lexicon of the New Testament only the text is on the same page and of course it's the Septuagint. It is really exactly the type of resource that I was looking for and I love using it. I remember the professor that taught us Koine quoting one of his professor's from DTS saying "if you want to read the New Testament learn Koine if you want to understand the New Testament read the Septuagint". This resource certainly makes that a lot easier.
Jacob WilsonAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Have.May 24, 2019Jacob WilsonAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ok, maybe not a must have for everyone. But if you're learning Greek, want to learn Greek, or are proficient, then these are an invaluable resource. The addition of the running dictionary makes the Septuagint super accessible and readable.
The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Old Testament from the 2nd-3rd century BC. It is the earliest extant Greek translation from the original Hebrew Scriptures. It is quoted multiple times in the NT Epistles, and was most likely used in circulation among Greek-speaking Jews.
The Reader's Editions combines, for the first time, the text of the Septuagint with a running dictionary of uncommon words at the bottom of the page. All of the words at the bottom include a gloss of the meaning, plus parsings for verbs. This is SO helpful when reading through a text as it creates a seamless reading experience (which means I don't have to flip to the back of the book to find a weird word in a dictionary for 10 minutes).
These books are big, and weighty, and are definitely intended to stay on your desk. I would love to see a 3 or 4 volume editions in a portable size, as I think Reader's editions lend themselves more towards devotional reading than critical study. **bible graciously provided for review by Hendricksen Academic
pastor JeffVentura, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Reader's Edition of SeptuagintDecember 31, 2018pastor JeffVentura, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This version of the Septuagint is great, much better than a previous version I had. The font and page format are very readable and the page bottom brief vocabulary glosses for unfamiliar and less used words really helps to promote reading. I highly recommend this reader to get into the Greek OT.
Rick5 Stars Out Of 5Hendrickson's Septuaginta in HardbackNovember 20, 2018RickQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm very pleased with Hendrickson's Septuaginta, a two-volume hardback set designed for those who want to read the Septuagint in the Greek.
Each volume is 9 1/2 inches tall and 6 5/8 inches wide. The first volume is 2 7/16 inches thick, while Volume 2 is a bit thinner at 2 3/16". The text is in a single-column layout in a paragraph format. The text column is 121 mm wide and displays about 81 characters per line.
Each page is 235 mm (9.25") tall and 158 mm (6.2") wide. Margins are 19 to 21 mm at the top, 13 mm at the bottom, as much as 20 mm at the gutter, and 15 to 16 mm on the outside.
I compared the font to the commonly available Symbol font. Capitals in the text are about as tall as a 10 pt capital in Symbol, while lowercase letters are close to a 9.5 pt Symbol character. The line height is a very pleasing 4.6 mm (13 points).
Verse numbers are provided in bold print in the text, which is not line matched. But ghosting is minimal.
The vocabulary apparatus at the bottom of the page includes words that appear in the Septuagint fewer than 100 times and in the Greek New Testament fewer than 30 times. It's an excellent help in building your vocabulary. The apparatus is arranged in two columns and includes parsing information and a gloss (rather than a definition). The font for English characters in the apparatus is comparable to a 9.5 pt Times New Roman.
Each book of the Bible begins on a separate page, with book titles at the center top of the page, and page numbers at the inside top. The headings that separate the text into sections is in about a 10 pt font. There are no book introductions, but the same overall introduction to this reader's edition appears in each volume.
The paper is excellent. Each sheet is about 62 microns thick and is off white in color. I estimate the paper weight at about 57 gsm (I could be off by 10% or so). The paper has a matte finish, so there is no annoying gloss to cause you to adjust the lamp-page-eye angle.
Print non-uniformity is mild: occasionally you'll notice a page printed a bit more darkly or lightly than nearby pages. The binding is sewn, and the volumes lie flat when open. You'll not find a concordance or maps in these volumes, but each has two dark blue ribbon markers 340 mm long and 6 mm wide, as well as blue and white head and tail bands.
Each volume includes the same glossary at the end. The glossary spans 14 pages and includes about 330 words. It's presented in a two-column format in a font that's somewhere between 9.5 and 10 points in height. The glossary defines words that are too common to be included in the page-bottom apparatus.
These are sturdy, cloth-over-board hardbacks and I recommend them highly, but only to those who know some Greek and want to learn more.
I did a detailed video review, which is available at my YouTube channel. Go to YouTube and search for R. Grant Jones. If you see a black-and-white photo of an old guy in a beard (it's actually John Muir), you're in the right place.
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