2 Maccabees 1-7
A Handbook on the Greek Text
Baylor Handbook on the Septuagint
357 pages, 5.25 x 8.00 in
- Published: November 2020
In 2 Maccabees 1–7, Seth Ehorn provides a foundational analysis of the Greek text of 2 Maccabees. The analysis is distinguished by the detailed yet comprehensive attention paid to the text. Ehorn’s analysis is a convenient pedagogical and reference tool that explains the form and syntax of the biblical text, offers guidance for deciding between competing semantic analyses, engages important text-critical debates, and addresses questions relating to the Greek text that are frequently overlooked by standard commentaries. Beyond serving as a succinct and accessible analytic key, 2 Maccabees 1–7 also reflects recent advances in scholarship on Greek grammar and linguistics and is informed by current discussions within Septuagint studies. These handbooks prove themselves indispensable tools for anyone committed to a deep reading of the Greek text of the Septuagint.
It is a delight to see the first volume in the Baylor Handbook on the Septuagint series. Seth Ehorn has provided an exceptional guide to the reading of 2 Maccabees 1–7 that will be indispensable for anyone wishing to explore in depth the Greek grammar of the book. A rich introduction provides an overview of the literary structure, dating, and language features of this book and should be consulted by everyone working on 2 Maccabees. The translation and commentary provide an informed guide to the syntax and semantics of the Greek text, explaining in a clear and concise way any difficulties within the text. Students of Greek can now explore for themselves one of the more difficult Greek texts in the Septuagint.~Jim K. Aitken, Reader in Hebrew and Early Jewish Studies, University of Cambridge
Second Maccabees presents the reader with some of the most challenging Greek in the Septuagint. It is far more complex than almost all of the Greek of the New Testament and poses frequent difficulties that have given rise both to ancient textual variants and modern scholarly emendations in an attempt to make the Greek more intelligible. All who attempt to study 2 Maccabees in its original language will be grateful to Seth Ehorn for providing such a detailed analysis of the grammar and syntax as well as his consistently thorough treatment of the syntactical and textual problems. This two-part work will prove an invaluable vade mecum.~David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary