Book Review: The Septuagint

The Greek Old Testament, often referred to as the Septuagint, is a useful tool in Bible Study. But do we really understand the Greek Old Testament, where it came from, and how it should be used? Gregory Lanier and William Ross seek to answer these questions in their book, The Septuagint: What It Is and Why It Matters.

As a Theology major, I always have had some familiarity with the Septuagint. However, what I have found by reading this book is that I really knew very little about it. What Lanier and Ross have put together is an amazing history of the Greek Old Testament and explaining some myths and misconceptions about the document. For example, it is not a single document, rather, it is a collection of documents.

The book carefully lays out what the Septuagint is, and what it is not. It explains the texts behind the collection of works and why they matter. It also goes into great detail as to where these works came from and how the work, overall, was developed.

The book also examines whether or not the Septuagint should be an authority for Christians today. The conclusion is that the Septuagint is useful for study, but the Hebrew texts should be preferred.

For those who are wanting a primer on what the Greek Old Testament is, this is the book for you. It is informative, easy, and enjoyable to read. If you do not want to read the entire book but would like a quick overview of the Septuagint and the areas explored within the book you can simply read the Appendix, “Ten Key Questions About the Septuagint.”

This book is an excellent resource for any serious student of the Old Testament, and I give it four out of five stars.

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.