Book Series The Septuagint in its Ancient Context, vol. 1

New Avenues in Biblical Exegesis in Light of the Septuagint

Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto, Daniela Scialabba (eds)

  • Pages: 346 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:17 b/w, 19 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, Greek, Hebrew
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59806-2
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A collection of studies by renowned biblical and Septuagint scholars showing the potential of applying a variety of exegetical methods to the Septuagint text


« Un index biblique (...) clôt un ouvrage qui se recommande par la diversité de ses approches : à côté d’études traditionnelles (...), plusieurs auteurs appliquent, dans le cadre programmatique d’un article de dimensions réduites, des méthodes de lecture nouvelles : étude du genre (...), rhétorique (...), pragmatique (...) ou narratologie (...) ; l’article lui-même de M. Karrer, consacré aux témoins textuels, n’est pas avare de conclusions théologiques. » (Philippe Le Moigne, dans Cahiers d’études du religieux. Recherches interdisciplinaires, en ligne, 25, 2023)

“Eines zeigt der Band allerdings überdeutlich: Die Septuaginta ist viel mehr als blos sekundärer Textzeuge fur den hebräischen Bibeltext.” (Philipp Brandenburg, in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 135-3, 2023, p. 515)

“Hay que alegrarse con trabajos en colaboración como este, que se asumen las consecuencias de la investigación realizada durante los últimos decenios en el campo de la crítica textual y de la historia de la redacción de los diversos libros bíblicos. No se puede sino estar de acuerdo con Mazzinghi que concluye su aportación advirtiendo que no se debe preferir una versión relegando las demás e invitando a aceptar la clara pluralidad textual y, en consecuencia, la pluralidad teológica de la Biblia.” (Jorge Blunda, in Revista Bíblica 85-3/4, 2023, p. 447)

« Per concludere, New Avenues in Biblical Exegesis in Light of the Septuagint, che rappresenta il primo tomo della collana The Septuagint in its Ancient Context. Philological, Historical and Theological Approaches, edita da Eberhard Bons in collaborazione con Françoise Vinel e Christoph Kugelmeier, è un volume di alto livello: la complessità degli argomenti trattati e delle questioni affrontate mostrano chiaramente come l’intento sia quello di favorire l’instaurarsi di un dialogo tra specialisti, approntando uno strumento di lavoro e riflessione utile agli addetti ai lavori. » (Daniela Scardia, in Henoch 45, 2023, p. 158)


Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto is Lecturer Professor of textual criticism and Old Testament exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Insti­tute in Rome. His research and publications focus on 1-2 Samuel, particularly on the fields of textual criticism and narratological study of these books.

Daniela Scialabba is Associate Professor of Old Testament exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is Scientific Co­or­dinator of the Historical and Theo­logical Lexicon of the Septuagint and member of the Editorial board for the series “Septuagint and Cognate Studies” (SCS).


The detailed study of the Septuagint opens new avenues of interpretation of the biblical text and enables new advancements in exegetical studies. The Greek version can be studied through several different approaches and the application of exegetical methods, old and new, contributes to a better understanding of numerous literary, historical and theological aspects of the Bible. The present volume collects the contributions written by renowned scholars who address the issue of the role and impact of Septuagint studies on biblical exegesis and theology. The papers range from more methodological discussions to exegetical studies applying various approaches to the Septuagint text. The wide variety of methods applied reveals numerous aspects of the Septuagint and the biblical text in general, such as their composition, history, textual transmission, literary scope and shape, and theology. The diversity of methods and analyses of the Septuagint represented in this book have, nevertheless, a common denominator: Biblical exegesis would benefit greatly from a deeper knowledge of the Septuagint.


Preface (Leonardo Pessoa & Daniela Scialabba)

‘Bringing forth from the Treasure New and Old’: Septuagint Studies and Exegetical Methods (Siegfried Kreuzer)
Non-Israelites and the God of Israel: The Vocabulary of ‘Conversion’ in the Septuagint and Greek Jewish Literature against its Greek-Hellenistic Background (Daniela Scialabba)
The Use of the Septuagint in Critical Commentaries (Emanuel Tov)
Elisha’s Posthumous Miracle in Textual History (II Kings 13. 20–21): What does This Story Teach Us about the Textual History of the Books of Kings? (Adrian Schenker)
The Septuagint’s Faculty of Putting Things in Their Right Place: Challenges of a Critical Edition of IV Kingdoms / II Kings 10. 30–31; 13. 14–21 (Julio Trebolle, Pablo Torijano & Andrés Piquer)
Can We Understand the Pillars of the First Temple without the LXX? Textual and Iconographic Perspective (Daniel Prokop)
Haman through the Looking Glass: The Refraction of Genre in Greek Esther (Cameron Boyd-Taylor)
Rhetoric of Solomon’s Speech in I Kings 8. 12–13 and III Kingdoms 8. 53a (Peter Dubovský)
Lost in Translation: LXX-Jeremiah through the Lens of Pragmatics (Benedetta Rossi)
Narratological Approaches to the LXX of the Books of Samuel (Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto)
Septuagint and New Testament in Papyri and Pandects: Texts, Intertextuality and Criteria of Edition (Martin Karrer)
The Litter of Solomon: Textual and Exegetical Problems in Canticles 3. 6–11 (Luciano Bossina)
Reading ‘According to the Revelation Shown to Moses’: A Study of the Influence of the LXX Text on Patristic Biblical Interpretation (Georg Gäbel)
The Importance of the LXX for Biblical Theology: Some Notes on Method (Luca Mazzinghi)

Biblical Index