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Jul 25, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Göttingen LXX: Update & Price Reduction!

The Septuagint (LXX) is the first known translation of the Bible. Beginning in approximately the 3rd century BC with the translation of the Pentateuch into Greek from the original Hebrew, the creation of the LXX spans three centuries and comprises all books of the Hebrew Bible, plus the books of the Deuterocanon/Apocrypha. The significance of the LXX cannot be overstated as nearly all quotations of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers as well as Josephus and Philo come from this translation. Even today, over 200 million Christians see the LXX as an authoritative Old Testament text over and above the Hebrew Bible.

Although Alfred Rahlf’s 1935 critical edition (revised 2006) of the LXX currently remains the standard for LXX studies, its textual basis is somewhat lacking as it is based primarily on the Vaticanus, Sinaiticus, and Alexandrinus codices. Seeing the need for a more comprehensive critical edition, the publication of the more extensive Göttingen LXX began in 1931 and continues--still not complete--through today. The Göttingen LXX has a much more extensive apparatus, taking into account more manuscripts and textual variants as seen in this comparison below in parallel with Rahlfs’ edition.

LXX Ezekiel

Click/tap the image above and note the considerably more extensive textual apparatus in the Göttingen LXX on the left vs. Rahlfs' LXX on the right.

Ezekiel, revised in print in 2015, is the most recently updated volume of the Göttingen LXX. As of today, it is also available for the Accordance Library. In addition to releasing the Ezekiel volume, we have also reduced the price of most of our Göttingen titles. Accordance users who have purchased previous installments of the Göttingen LXX will want to upgrade to our new “Big 17 Bundle” which includes all published Old Testament volumes except Job. (*Note: For users who already own individual volumes of the Pentateuch, see upgrade options to the Big 17 Bundle here and upgrade procedure to the full Pentateuch here.)

All volumes of the Göttingen LXX in Accordance include the grammatically tagged critical text together with the corresponding apparatus. The Göttingen LXX can be placed in parallel with Rahlfs’ LXX, the Hebrew Bible, or any translation of the Old Testament.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence in LXX studies. Often when the LXX and and Dead Sea Scrolls agree together against the 10th century Masoretic Text, the older reading is seen as more original. Thus, no study of the Old Testament can be considered truly comprehensive unless the LXX is taken into consideration, and no serious study of this ancient translation can be complete without the Göttingen volumes.

LXXG

Big 17 Bundle

Note: See upgrade options below.

Includes all published OT volumes except Job: Pentateuch, Ruth, 1-2 Esdras, Esther, 1-2 Maccabees, Psalms and Odes, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), The Twelve, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel (NEW!)

Buy Now 2

$749

LXXG-JER

Pentateuch LXX Göttingen with Apparatus

Note: See upgrade procedure below.

This module includes the grammatically tagged critical text of entire LXX Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) together with the apparatus.

Buy Now 2$299

LXXG-JER

NEW! Ezekiel LXX Göttingen with Apparatus

Buy Now 2$69.90

 


Upgrade Options to the Big 17 Bundle:

In order to provide the best possible Custom Upgrade price for the Big 17 Bundle, upgrade options to the Big 17 Bundle depend on whether or not users have previously purchased any volumes of the Pentateuch.

  • For users who own NO individual Pentateuch LXX Göttingen volumes:
    • No additional steps are required. Just click the Custom Upgrade button for the Big 17 Bundle.
  • For users who own SOME or ALL individual Pentateuch LXX Göttingen volumes:
    1. First purchase the LXXG-PENT Bundle which provides a Custom Upgrade price to the 5-module Pentateuch Bundle (you will not pay again for any modules you already own).
    2. Also "purchase" the free upgrade to the combined LXXG-PENT module which provides a combined 1-module Pentateuch product.
    3. Finally, click the Custom Upgrade button for the Big 17 Bundle.

If there is a any question, just order the Custom Upgrade and leave a note for customer service. They will ensure a fair price for you.


Upgrade Procedure to the Pentateuch:

The Pentateuch products are available in two formats: 5 individual modules (LXXG-GEN, LXXG-EX, etc) or as a 1-module product (LXXG-PENT) which contains all five volumes in one module.

Users who own any of the individual modules of the Pentateuch who wish to upgrade to the full Pentateuch should:

  1. Use the Custom Upgrade option of the LXXG-PENT Bundle product, and
  2. "Purchase" the free upgrade to the combined LXXG-PENT module which provides a combined 1-module Pentateuch product.

 

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.


 

May 3, 2010 Helen Brown

Watching the News

It's been a busy weekend at Accordance, but unless you watch our news announcements carefully, you might have missed these items:

Pick A Product Coupon: 25% off any one item. The PICKAP coupon code lets our sales staff know that you want to take 25% off the highest priced item in the order. The coupon is good throughout May and can be used twice. This is your best opportunity to get that commentary set or other major item on your wish list. (Temporary sale prices and other discounts cannot be combined with this offer.)

Chafer-cover Chafer-Theology:  the entire original 8 volume set by Louis Sperry Chafer was just released for download for only $139.

Dr. Lewis S. Chafer (1871-1952) was the founding president of Dallas Theological Seminary and its first professor of Systematic Theology. When he completed his massive eight volume Systematic Theology after more than ten years of labor, he produced the first Calvinist, dispensational, pre-millennial and pre-tribulational theology. Chafer’s warm spirituality, his love of the Bible and his devotion to a simple Christian life permeate its pages. The strength of the work lies not in its interaction with scholarly sources, but in its many citations of Scripture and its organization of it into classic theological categories.

Gott-Gen Göttingen Septuagint: It's taken a little longer than we hoped, but the first volume of the series is now available for download. This is the definitive critical edition of the LXX. We plan to release further volumes until we catch up with the ongoing publication of the print edition.

Our modules of the Göttingen LXX include the fully tagged Greek text together with the complete apparatus, available nowhere else in convenient electronic form, a must for every Old Testament scholar.

Genesis is available for $100, or you can order the Pentateuch set for $400.

Please see the Latest News page for full announcements of these items and any others you may have missed.