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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    A must have title for any bible student but beware of it!

    Reading Brenton's Introduction you get some feel to how he personally feels towards the Septuagint a more unauthorative impression I got from reading it. Although it does give you the general history and theories about the Septuagint in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls Brenton's introduction is a little dated. His translation is written a lot like the King James Bible and the Greek and English are side by side for easy comparision. Brenton used the Vaticanus for his Septuagint version referring to the Alexandrinus to replace verses missing in the Vaticanus but this is done in the Appendix. Brenton's very lightly mentions alternative readings and his comments for certain verses are non-existent apart from a few compare this to that in the Appendix. His English is very hard to read for one he doesn't separate the chapters you often have to use the verse numbers to decide where one chapter starts and another ends. He does mention the book and chapter at the top of the page but the chapter numbers are in Roman Numerals and the books are in their Greek Names where his Contents page lists them in their English equivilents. As for the Apocrypha it's not in the text apart from Psalm 155 he makes no mention of it hiding them in a separate section at the end of the translation. The English translation would be good since the Greek is there to back it up yet the whole presentation of this work is disappointing and could've been much better than it is.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    A Great Bible

    Personally, I love this book even with all its difficulties. I would have recommended that the author translator had broken the translation down along the Book and Chapter versions of the more modern text but that would perhaps have taken away from the originality of the translation itself and, feeling what they were feeling at the time of the original translation is the very point I was trying to get to. If you know the work, following in parallel versions of more modern text is no real problem and does allow for great comparison. I do certainly wish that the English print had been much larger. Age and failing eyesight would have been aided tremendously just by increasing the size of the print for the English portion. Negative points aside, this is still a marvelous work which is very informative and useful I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to know what was said at the earliest possible stages and compare it with the changes made within more modern text as they developed.

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