A Book-by-Book Guide to Septuagint Vocabulary

by Gregory R. Lanier / William A. Ross

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Retail: $19.95
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 175
Pub Date: December 2019
ISBN: 9781683071969
ISBN-13: 9781683071969
Item Number: 071969
Categories: Biblical Studies and Interpretation; Language and Reference

Product Description

This book-by-book vocabulary guide provides an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in more effective reading and study of the Old Testament in Greek, commonly called the Septuagint. Aside from two full-scale specialist lexicons for the Septuagint, no other printed resource exists that provides concise and strategic guidance to the language of this important ancient corpus. With word lists organized by frequency of appearance in a given book or section of the Septuagint, this guide allows users to focus their study efforts and thus more efficiently improve their breadth of knowledge of Koine vocabulary. Furthermore, the vocabulary incorporated into the lists in this guide integrates lower-frequency New Testament vocabulary in a manner that enables the user to easily include or exclude such words from their study. Other key features of this vocabulary guide include carefully crafted lists that allow users to refresh higher-frequency New Testament vocabulary, to strategically study higher-frequency vocabulary that appears across the Septuagint corpus, and to familiarize themselves with the most common proper nouns in the Septuagint. Moreover, each chapter in this guide has been statistically tailored to provide the word lists necessary to familiarize the user with 90 percent of the full range of vocabulary in each book or section of the Septuagint.


A Book-by-Book Guide to Septuagint Vocabulary is an excellent tool. . . . It is ideal for learners or teachers who wish to expand their Greek vocabulary by starting with a biblical book of their choice. This helpful resource is clearly laid out and a pleasure to read. My only question is, Why has no one done this before?”

—James K. Aitken, Reader in Hebrew and Early Jewish Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

“Once again, Ross and Lanier have provided a well-developed and useful resource for those wishing to read the Septuagint. Their NT refresher and high-frequency LXX vocabulary lists provide a solid foundation for general reading, and their collection of terms for each biblical book grouped by number of occurrences allows for specialization and focused study. This will be a valuable tool for students and scholars alike.”

—Sean A. Adams, Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Ancient Culture, University of Glasgow

“Lanier and Ross have performed another outstanding service to the guild of biblical studies and to the church. . . . This is an ideal resource for the person who wants to build up his or her vocabulary through bite-sized frequency lists in order to engage any particular Septuagint book as a close reader.”

—David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary

“Another indispensable resource for reading the LXX. Lanier and Ross are the ‘dynamic duo’ of Septuagint study for a new generation.”

—Robert L. Plummer, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and founder of Daily Dose of Greek

“I am delighted to see an increasing interest in Septuagint studies, as well as the increase of relevant reference books. The broader the student’s understanding of Greek, the deeper their handling will be of both the LXX and Greek New Testament texts. This vocabulary guide is an essential part in gaining a familiarity with the Greek, and in turn will make reading the LXX more satisfying. The authors wisely divide the Greek words into three categories: those that are common in the New Testament, common words in the LXX (including names), and then the words specific to books of the LXX. By starting with a core vocabulary, the task of learning the vocabulary of specific books becomes less daunting. I highly recommend this guide, both for those engaged in Septuagint studies and for students who want to expand their understanding of the language of the Greek New Testament.”

—Bill Mounce, President, BiblicalTraining.org

Author Bios

Gregory R. Lanier is assistant professor of New Testament and dean of students at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, Florida).
Author currently resides in Oviedo, Florida.

William A. Ross is assistant professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC).