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The Old Testament - Volume 1: The Pentateuch
A New, Cutting -Edge Translation of the Septuagint
by Nicholas King
Publisher:Kevin Mayhew Publishers
Published:17 January 2011
This new translation of the Pentateuch takes a relatively unique approach in working from the Septuagint as a basis, rather than the Masoretic Text. The basis of this approach is that the Greek text is what the writers of the New Testament knew, rather than the Hebrew. Also the Septuagint text is earlier than the Hebrew of the Masoretic Text.
The translation therefore provides a very new and fresh way of reading the Pentateuch, some examples of which are shown below: Genesis 1:1-3 - In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. (from the NRSV)
In the beginning God made heaven and earth. And the earth was invisible and unformed; and darkness was on the abyss, and the Spirit of God was rushing upon the water. And God said, ‘Let there be light’ – and light came to be! (from the Septuagint)
Exodus 3:13-14 - But Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ (from the NRSV)
And Moses said to God, ‘Look – I shall go to the children of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you’ They’re going to ask me, ‘What’s his name?’ What shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, ‘I am The One Who Is.’ And he said, ‘This is how you are to speak to the children of Israel: ‘The One Who Is has sent me to you.’ (from the Septuagint) ‘… it hits you between the eyes’ writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The final two volumes, Vol 3 the Wisdom Literature and Vol 4 Isaiah – Malachi, are to be published in 2013
Reviewer: Jon Mayled (30/07/12)