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Introductions To The LXX Pentateuch: Keeping Things Updated

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Close study of the various LXX/OG documents and traditions requires great attention to detail. In most instances there are a plethora of extensive Greek manuscripts, plus smaller fragments, especially of papyri still being discovered and/or published. The indirect witnesses containing excerpts, such as lectionaries and catenae, can complicate matters even more, while more remote and often less formal textual pieces with explicit and implicit quotations and verbal allusions can be as revealing as they are frustrating or problematic. Editing such materials traditionally employs a variety of special symbols and coded terms to describe the various situations. Checking the introduction and/or any summary page or card with a list of sigla may not help too much, since many of the standard explanations are in Latin.

Keywords: Greek manuscripts; LXX/OG documents; papyri



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