Göttingen Septuagint (Genesis): Lexus of the LXX

    Man say if you wanna shoot nails, this here the Cadillac, man. He mean Lexus, but he ain’t know it. –Snoop to Chris, Season 4, Episode 1, The Wire   Having recently re-watched the fourth season of the best television show in history, I need now to amend my assessment two years ago … Continue reading Göttingen Septuagint (Genesis): Lexus of the LXX

Review of Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Video Lectures

Miles Van Pelt keeps turning out the hits. Through Zondervan he has published resources that fill a gap in original language learning in biblical studies. I’ve reviewed (with approval) his Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide, his Basics of Biblical Aramaic, and have been grateful in my Göttingen Septuagint primer to link to a short two-page abbreviations sheet he … Continue reading Review of Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Video Lectures

The Göttingen Septuagint in Logos Bible software

Göttingen. Not just a city in Germany, but a word that instills awe and fear in the hearts of every student of the Septuagint who must eventually consult the set of Old Greek editions by that name. Okay, that’s maybe a bit dramatic. I do suspect, however, that if one finds it challenging to learn … Continue reading The Göttingen Septuagint in Logos Bible software

How to Read and Understand the Göttingen Septuagint: A Short Primer, part 2 (Apparatus)

The one who is serious about getting at the earliest attainable text of the Hebrew Bible will eventually find herself or himself face-to-face with a page like this: The Göttingen Septuagint is the largest scholarly edition of the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. Its full title is Septuaginta: Vetus Testamentum Graecum Auctoritate Academiae Scientiarum Gottingensis … Continue reading How to Read and Understand the Göttingen Septuagint: A Short Primer, part 2 (Apparatus)

Review of Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide

At long last, a compact reference guide to Biblical Hebrew!  Not long ago Zondervan released Biblical Greek: A Compact Guide, a helpful and portable distillation of Mounce’s oft-used grammar. Many such little books already exist for easily reviewing Koine Greek: Dale Russell Bowne’s Paradigms and Principal Parts for the Greek New Testament, Paul Fullmer and Robert … Continue reading Review of Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide

Reviews of various Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek books, commentaries, and software

I’ve now reviewed enough Biblical languages textbooks, lexicons, commentaries, and other resources, that I thought it was time to put them together all in one place. Grouped by language and title, with hyperlinks to each review, here are the language resources reviewed-to-date at Words on the Word. I plan to keep this page updated for … Continue reading Reviews of various Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek books, commentaries, and software

Basics of Biblical Aramaic

This textbook is a great one. I’m amazed at how much Aramaic it helped me pick up in just a long afternoon and evening. What follows is my review of Miles V. Van Pelt’s stellar text, Basics of Biblical Aramaic. It’s a winner! Basics of Biblical Aramaic (BBA hereafter) is a “Complete Grammar, Lexicon, and Annotated … Continue reading Basics of Biblical Aramaic