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Reading David and Goliath in Greek and Hebrew: A Literary Approach
Johnson, Benjamin J. M.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. xiv + 270. €79.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2, 82


Description: The story of David and Goliath existed in antiquity in two variant literary editions, a short version found in the Greek tradition of Codex Vaticanus (LXXB) and a longer version found in the Hebrew tradition of the MT. Benjamin J. M. Johnson proposes that each version is worthy of study in its own right and offers a close literary reading of the narrative of David and Goliath in the Greek text of 1 Reigns 16-18. The author explores a method for reading the Septuagint that recognizes it is both a document in its own right and a translation of a Hebrew original. In offering a reading of the septuagintal version of the David and Goliath narrative, the literary difference between the two versions of the story and the literary significance of the Greek translation are highlighted.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Septuagint, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Joseph McDonald
Published 5/25/2017
Citation: Joseph McDonald, review of Benjamin J. M. Johnson, Reading David and Goliath in Greek and Hebrew: A Literary Approach, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


Review by Randall X. Gauthier
Published 5/25/2017
Citation: Randall X. Gauthier, review of Benjamin J. M. Johnson, Reading David and Goliath in Greek and Hebrew: A Literary Approach, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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