This is my last post in my review of this book. My previous post mentioned three papers on specific books of the Septuagint – Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. That is a perfect segue to this post, because the authors of those papers are also the authors assigned to write commentaries on that book. The series will be called The Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS).
Benjamin Wright mentions this major scholarly project: “With NETS now completed, the scholarly focus will now shift to the commentary series (SBLC), in which the full implications of DTS and the interlinear paradigm can be worked out in individual translation units” (p. 39).
At the 2013 SBL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, I had the privilege of meeting Jannes Smith, who is a Professor of Old Testament at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario, and who did his Ph.D. under Albert Pietersma at the nearby University of Toronto. Dr. Smith has been assigned to do the SBLCS commentary on a portion of the Psalms, and he presented a sample of his work at SBL in 2013. If Dr. Smith’s sample is representative, the SBLCS looks like it is going to be a fantastic series in terms of interacting with the Greek and the underlying Hebrew in painstaking detail, showing the correspondences and divergences between the Greek and the Hebrew and trying to provide possible explanations for them, getting into the mind of the translations as it were. In spite of my doubts about the Interlinear Paradigm, I am sure that this series will be an incredibly rich resource for students of the Septuagint. I can’t wait to see the first volume!