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The Old Testament - Volume 2: The Historical Books
A New, Cutting -Edge Translation of the Septuagint
by Nicholas King
Publisher:Kevin Mayhew Publishers
Published:17 January 2011
This is a new translation of the Historical Books of the Bible from the Septuagint, rather than the Masoretic Text by Nicholas King, a Jesuit priest who teaches New Testament at the University of Oxford. The basis of this approach is that the Greek text is what the writers of the New Testament knew, rather than the Hebrew.
These passages show a comparison: Ruth 1:14b-16 Ruth clung to her. So she said, ‘See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’ But Ruth said, ‘Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. (from the NRSV) But Ruth followed her. And Naomi said to Ruth, ‘Look – your sister-in-law has gone back to her people, and to her gods. So, you too must go back, after your sister-in-law.’ But Ruth said, ‘Don’t urge me to abandon you, or to go back from following you. For wherever you go, I shall go; and wherever you lodge, I shall lodge. Your people [shall be] my people, and your God shall be my God.’ (from the Septuagint) 2 Samuel 1:26 - I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. (from the NRSV) I am in pain for you, my brother Jonathan; you were lovely in my eyes; your love to me was wonderful, beyond the love of women! (from the Septuagint)
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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)