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Voces Biblicae: Septuagint Greek and Its Significance for the New Testament
Joosten, Jan and Peter J. Tomson, editors

Leuven: Peeters, 2007 pp. viii + 183. €39.00

Series Information
Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 49


Description: During the Renaissance period, when the Greek texts of the Bible became accessible again to Western scholars, a large number of words were identified that seemed to be attested only in the Septuagint and New Testament: the famous «voces biblicae», "biblical words". They were held by some to reflect a special kind of Jewish Greek, or perhaps even a peculiar Greek idiom created by the Holy Spirit in order to express the unspeakable mysteries of God's grace. Today, scholars usually prefer more down-to-earth explanations. Moreover, the list of «voces biblicae» has been much shortened because many words that were initially found only in the Bible later turned up in the papyri. Nevertheless, the "biblical words" continue to fascinate. The present volume contains seven essays illuminating different aspects of the vocabulary of the Greek Bible.

Subjects: Bible, Septuagint, Literature

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Review by Hans Ausloos
Published 4/5/2008
Citation: Hans Ausloos, review of Jan Joosten and Peter J. Tomson, eds., Voces Biblicae: Septuagint Greek and Its Significance for the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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