[B-Greek] John Hobbins' review of Muraoka's new LXX lexicon

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Wed Jul 29 06:31:54 EDT 2009

John Hobbins has posted on his "Ancient Hebrew Poetry" blog this  
morning a very helpful review of the newly-published Greek-English  
Lexicon of the Septuagint. The review may be accessed at:

= http://tiny.cc/7nWUE

I won't attempt to characterize or describe the review beyond noting  
that it begins with useful statements about the disparate congeries  
constituting what we call the LXX -- using assumptions and defining  
our terms about as consistently and confusedly as many an academic  
linguist spewing jargon. Just the sorting out of these assumptions and  
terms at the outset of his discussion is one of its most helpful  
features. This new lexicon is clearly one that anyone who seriously  
confronts the Greek text of the LXX will need to have as a tool,  
although, as Hobbins expresses it, "GELS does not replace LEH, nor LSJ  
+ LSG, nor GI. It is one starting point among many if the goal is to  
obtain an overview of the senses a particular Greek lexeme was given  
in antiquity, in the Septuagint and beyond."

There will surely be many reviews of this new lexicon in the months  
ahead, but few, I suspect, as informative to the many of us who are  
certainly not LXX specialists but who read Greek and regularly examine  
the LXX text.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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