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An Introduction to the Old Testament in Greek


  • Page extent: 612 pages
  • Size: 216 x 140 mm
  • Weight: 0.77 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9781108007580)

  • Published April 2010

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$57.99 (R)

Henry Barclay Swete’s Introduction to the Old Testament in Greek, first published in 1900, is an indispensable tool for the study of the Septuagint. Swete’s discussion of the Septuagint textual tradition and his survey of the most important manuscript witnesses is still essential reading for every scholar and student.


Part I. The History of the Greek Old Testament and of Its Transmission: 1. The Alexandrian Greek version; 2. Later Greek versions; 3. The Hexapla; 4. Ancient versions based on the Septuagint; 5. Manuscripts of the Septuagint; 6. Printed texts of the Septuagint; Part II. The Contents of the Alexandrian Old Testament: 1. Titles, grouping, number, and order of the books; 2. Books of the Hebrew canon; 3. Books not included in the Hebrew canon; 4. The Greek of the Septuagint; 5. The Septuagint as a version; 6. Text divisions: stichi, chapters, lections, catenae, etc.; Part III. Literary Use, Value, and Textual Condition of the Greek Old Testament: 1. Literary use of the Septuagint by non-Christian Hellenists; 2. Quotations from the Septuagint in the New Testament; 3. Quotations from the Septuagint in early Christian writings; 4. The Greek versions as aids to biblical study; 5. Influence of the Septuagint on Christian literature; 6. Textual condition of the Septuagint, and problems arising out of it; Additions and corrections; Appendix: The letter of pseudo-Aristeas; Indices.

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