From: Jim West (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Oct 10 1997 - 20:02:35 EDT
At 06:52 PM 10/10/97 -0700, you wrote:
>I`d like to read the Septuagint and I am curious to know which books of
>Septuagint are good translations.
Some of the LXX is quite literal; while other parts of it are quite
paraphrastic. A good introduction to the OT will discuss the LXX and its
many idiosyncresies (or some such spelling!!!).
> I've heard that there were many (~70)
This is myth pure and simple. The LXX is a text which was translated by
various persons in various places over decades if not centuries.
>translators some were good translators and some were beginning students.
>I've heard that the translators who did the Torah did a great job but
>ones who did Isaiah were inept.
This is not quite right. Again, a good intro to the OT will discuss such
things. I especially like Eissfeldt (though he is a little dated now).
>I'm not interested in which books may have more scribal errors but the
>quality of the original translations. I'd like get your impressions for
>each of the Old Covenant books - or perhaps a web site for further
All in all, the LXX reflects a text which in places is similar to the MT and
in other places quite dissimilar. In short, there are no brief answers
possible to your questions and the best I can do is point you to Eissfeldt.
The LXX experts on the list can fill in more details once you have done the
Adjunct Professor of Bible,
Quartz Hill School of Theology
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