Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Micah Commentary in the Septuagint Commentary Series

Brill was kind enough to send me Prof. W. Edward Glenny's latest contribution to the Septuagint Commentary Series, edited by Stanley Porter, Richard Hess, and John Jarick.  This third volume offered up by Dr. Glenny is a commentary on LXX-Micah.  Since this is a commentary on the LXX-Minor Prophets, Ed's volumes have now covered, respectively, Hosea, Amos, and now Micah (see this simple list of differing orders of the minor Prophets).

Ed has become a mentor to me in many ways, but primarily though his writing and through our personal time spent together at ETS/SBL and when we both happen to be in Cambridge.  I am very excited to receive this volume and to read Ed's latest contribution to our understanding of the LXX-Minor Prophets.

This is not a proper review of the book.  That will come later.  But a few superficial observations will give a little insight into the volume.

First, this volume is the longest of the three (220 pp).  Though about the same length as the first two, it is 58 pages longer than Amos (162) and 59 pages longer than Hosea (161) when the LXX-Minor Prophets intro is deducted from the Hosea volume (no other commentary on the LXX-MPs includes this intro).  This is notable, since this goes in the opposite direction of the verse count for each book: Hosea (197), Amos (146), Micah (105).  But, in the end, certain issues take up different allotments of space.  And careful exegesis of these LXX texts is needed!

Second, in line with the method of this series as laid out by the editors, this is a commentary specifically on the Vaticanus text of the LXX-MPs.  Ed's previous commentaries have been criticized for a lack of interaction with the Hebrew text.  Such a void of interaction may be due to the editors stated method, but it will be interesting to see how Ed responds to this specific criticism in his interpretation of the stated method for this series.

Third, and very superficially, Brill changed the cover material of these volumes from a cloth cover to a glossy hard cover, which seems to have allowed them to print information about the series, author, and specific volume on the back board of the book (a helpful feature not present on previous volumes).

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