Making Septuagint Scholars Smile
Dec 14, 2010 David Lang

Making Septuagint Scholars Smile

Throughout this year, we have been periodically releasing volumes of the Göttingen edition of the Greek Septuagint. First we released the five Pentateuch volumes, followed by the book of Ruth, and now we are pleased to announce the release of 1 Maccabees. The Accordance edition of the Göttingen Septuagint is currently the only electronic edition to include grammatical tagging of the text along with the fully searchable critical apparatus.

Why is the Göttingen edition of the Septuagint important? It is the first truly critical reconstruction of the Septuagint text. Other editions, such as those of H. B. Swete, Cambridge University, and Alfred Rahlfs tended to follow the best available manuscript and note the differences in other manuscripts, while the scholars behind the Göttingen edition have attempted to reconstruct the original text using the widest available manuscript evidence. You'll find a helpful explanation of the various editions of the Septuagint here.

Accordance has long been making Septuagint scholars smile by being the first to offer the tools they need. We've offered the tagged text of Rahlfs almost from the beginning, and have since added the grammatically tagged text of Swete, along with the Swete and Cambridge critical apparatuses. We were the first to make Emmanuel Tov's MT-LXX Parallel available, as well as the first to offer the LEH Septuagint Lexicon. We also offer the New English Translation of the Septuagint, as well as the older Brenton translation. We even offer the Greek Biblical texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls! With the addition of Göttingen, we continue to give Septuagint scholars plenty of reasons to smile.

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