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Genesis
Brayford, Susan

Leiden: Brill, 2007 pp. viii + 468. $264.00

Series Information
Septuagint Commentary Series


Description: The Septuagint (LXX) of Genesis allowed Greek-speaking Jews in the last centuries BCE to read their sacred stories in their new lingua franca. The Hellenistic influence on this Greek translation of Genesis at times subtly altered the manner in which Jews Ė and later Christians Ė understood the origins of the world and the relationships within and outside the first family of Israel. Because the LXX was the Bible of the early Christian Church, it had more influence on Christian thought than the earlier Hebrew version. LXX Genesis: A Commentary, based on the Greek text of Codex Alexandrinus, offers the first English language commentary on one of the most significant books of Tanak and the Christian Bible.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Septuagint, Literature

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Review by Jan Joosten
Published 11/15/2008
Citation: Jan Joosten, review of Susan Brayford, Genesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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