Monday, January 6, 2014

Coming Soon: A Dialogue about the book When God Spoke Greek

MosisMose Dialogue on When God Spoke Greek links: Intro to Dialogue - Ch. 1 - Ch. 2 - Ch. 3 

T. Michael Law's book When God Spoke Greek has been making waves of late for its audacious claims concerning the importance of the Greek Old Testament.  And has been nothing less than controversial among some circles (see Law's terse response to such criticism here). 

On MosisMose, we have been loving the attention this book has received, because it has brought the LXX into more popular discussion.  In view of this excitement and momentum, MosisMose is going to host a three-way dialogue about this book. 

So far other great reviews have been popping up, such as, reviews by individuals on the book and blogs sharing the load of reviewing by each respective blog reviewing a chapter.  We hope to contribute by our own perspective with a review that will take the form of a dialogue.  The review will consist of a main reviewer of a given chapter and two responders.  We hope you get in on the discussion!

The three to review the book will be:

W. Edward Glenny, NT and Greek professor at University of Northwestern, St. Paul.  Dr. Glenny is author of Finding Meaning in the Text: Translation Technique and Theology in the Septuagint Amos (Brill, 2009); Hosea and Amos (both, Brill, 2013) each in the Septuagint Commentary Series (Ed is commissioned to complete the rest of the Minor Prophets in this series, as well).  He also has many publications and presentations, some concerning the use of the LXX in the NT, that can be seen on his web page.

Chris Fresch, PhD. candidate at the University of Cambridge.  Chris is researching discourse features in the Septuagint Minor Prophets.  Forthcoming from Chris is an article entitled “Textual History of the Minor Prophets.” In The Textual History of the Bible. Volume 1: The Hebrew Bible. Edited by Emanuel Tov. Leiden: Brill.  Chris also has many presentations that can be viewed on his web page.

Finally, the least of these, Aaron White (myself), PhD. candidate at Trinity College, University of Bristol and pastoral intern for young adults at Northwest Presbyterian Church.  My dissertation concerns the use of the LXX-Twelve in the Book of Acts.  I have forthcoming reviews in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, one of which will be on Dr. Glenny's Hosea volume.  I also have a forthcoming article in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses on Pauline metaphor in 1 Cor 6. 

The dialogue between the three of us will hopefully be a helpful addition to the current discussion on this presently reviewed book by Law.  However, more importantly, I think I speak for the all of us reviewing on MosisMose, we are most concerned to keep the LXX in the "news," per se.  See you soon!

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