About four hours ago, I downloaded The Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint, edited by Randall Tan. A Logos employee emailed, “I believe you are the first person outside of Logos to get it.” Cool. The product is projected to ship on November 24, so the pre-pub special ($109.95) will soon elevate to a sale price ($122.95), so now is the time to lock in on the best price.
You can get a decent overview of this LXX by reading the product page.
Here are some thoughts after playing with my new toy/tool:
1. Useful format
Here’s a screen shot of the beloved Psalm 23 (chap. 22 in the LXX). (Click the image to enlarge it. Note that I highlighted one of the words and hovered my mouse over one of the notes to make the floating box appear.)
It includes five components:
- lexical form
- morphological tagging
- lexical value, i.e., “a gloss of the lexical or dictionary form of the word” (“What does this word mean?”)
- fresh translation using a formal equivalent method (“What does this word mean here?”)
2. Quality contributors
They’re listed here. Very impressive. First-class.
3. Incomplete product
This is a beta edition. The product page explains,
As with the Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible, portions of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint will be released periodically, as different sections of the work are completed. Registered users of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint will be able to download updates as they are made available over the course of the project.
4. A word about interlinears
An interlinear can be a crutch that is actually unhelpful in the long-term, but interlinears can be useful tools, especially when one is studying a thorny passage. Tools are useful when people use them correctly. A hammer can do a lot of damage in the hand of a two-year-old boy in his grandma’s non-child-proof home (!), but the same hammer can shingle a roof in the hands of a skilled workman. Interlinears are not short-cuts to mastering Hebrew or Greek, but they can make Bible study more efficient at times.