Novus thesaurus philologico-criticus sive lexicon in LXX et reliquos interpretes graecos ac scriptores apocryphos Veteris Testamenti
J.F. Schleusner (ed.)
3020 p., 130 x 213 mm, original edition: 1822, reprint:1995, 1995
Languages: Latin, Greek, Hebrew
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J.F. Schleusner's Novus thesaurus philologico criticus, sive lexicon in LXX et reliquos interpretes graecos ac scriptores apocryphos veteris testamenti, first published in five volumes in Leipzig, 1820-1821, is still today the last specifically septuagintal lexicon at our disposal. Reeditions were published in Glasgow, in 1822, and in London in 1829. The edition of 1822, in three volumes, is more than a simple reprint. Its print is clearer than that of the first edition. Each page has two columns, subdivided into blocks of ten lines by marginal markers. An extensive index of Hebrew terms enhances the usefulness of the Lexicon. The Addenda to the first and second vulumes are reprinted as such, but those of the third volume are incorporated in the main text. The printer's preface notes that misprints have been corrected. Notwithstanding these reprints, surviving copies are rare. It was and is a good tool, and a successor is not forthcoming in the immediate future. Therefore the present anastatic reimpression of this goldmine of information is most welcome. Meanwhile, serious work has been done on the preparation of a new major lexicon of the Septuagint. The Novus thesaurus sive lexicon in LXX is a lexicon of a special kind. It does not concentrate on the description of the words of the LXX, but rather on their Hebrew equivalents.