Why the Göttingen Is the Most Important LXX Ever Published

Göttingen Septuagint

The Göttingen Septuagint represents the largest Septuagint project ever undertaken. Published between 1931 and 2006, the 24-volume Göttingen Septuagint contains the most authoritative critical apparatus of the Greek Old Testament ever assembled.

Combining textual evidence from countless manuscripts and ancient sources—including Philo, Josephus, and the Greek Church Fathers—the Göttingen Septuagint is the most detailed and elaborate critical edition of the Septuagint ever published.

The Göttingen Septuagint is the fruit of seven decades of research and publication work. Alfred Rahlfs began the project in the 1920s, and published the volumes on Genesis and Psalms before his death in 1935. William Kappler worked on the Maccabeus volumes before his death in 1944, and Robert Hanhart finished the volume on II Maccabeus and completed III Maccabeus in 1960. Between 1939 and 1957, Joseph Ziegler labored on the books of the prophets, as well as Ieremias-Baruch-Threni-Epistula Ieremiae, Sapientia Salomonis, and Ecclesiasticus.

At Logos Bible Software, we’re committed to promoting Septuagint scholarship and building tools and resources for effective research and study of the Septuagint. Now, we’re thrilled to announce that the Göttingen Septuagint is ready to go into development. Even though we don’t have quite enough orders to cover costs, this resource is simply too important for Septuagint scholarship to wait any longer.

Once this goes under development the price will jump, so you still have a few more days to lock in your order at the current price.

To give you an idea of how good a deal this is, remember that a print version would set you back over $3,000.00. Other digital editions cost $400.00 for just the Pentateuch. That makes pre-ordering the entire Göttingen Septuagint for $299.95 from Logos the right choice. That’s an amazing deal on 65 resources in 24 volumes!

Remember, when this goes into development in a few days, the Pre-Pub price will jump. But if you lock in your order now at $299.95, that’s the price you’ll pay for the entire Göttingen Septuagint on the day it ships.

If you’re interested in the Septuagint, you might also want to take a peek at Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions (19 Vols.), which contains Thackeray’s Grammar of the Old Testament in Greek, Conybeare and Stock’s Grammar of Septuagint Greek, and Swete’s Introduction to the Old Testament in Greek.

Comments

  1. Brian Davidson says:

    AND it is the most important pre-pub ever published! bar none!

  2. Bluesky Steward says:

    Please make it very clear about these works which language(s)are written in.
    Good sequential sample pages allowing one to evaluate the author’s flow of thought and orientation (all authors have their own orientations and biases).
    Give more background on the authors so we can understand their orientation.
    This applies to all Logos marketing announcements promoting its products, please!
    Thanks for your consideration.

  3. Kent Hendricks says:

    Bluesky,
    You may want to check out some of the preview pages on the main Göttingen Septuagint page. There are roughly 5 pages for each print equivalent, so that should give you a good idea of what the resource contains.
    If you’d like even more detail, you can check out Vince’s post on the text of Esther in the Göttingen Septuagint. The post contains a detailed description of the text (and the alternate text) of Esther.
    Hope this helps.

  4. basilides says:

    Please go full-court press on the GottSept development. We are not getting any younger, and as the commenter above said, this is BY FAR the most important resource for scholars Logos has offered in quite some time.

  5. M.A. Hallisey says:

    Agree overall with Bluesky Steward. More (or better directions to) info for your products would be greatly appreciated.
    BTW, the Goettingen collection is in German.

  6. I am guessing when this goes to publishing it will be published in English correct? If this is true then what benefit does the sample pages do for those of us who can speak German?

  7. Kent Hendricks says:

    Keith,
    Thanks for your comment. The text of the Septuagint and the apparatuses is in Greek. It is not translated into German or English.
    The forward in German. Like the NA27 and numerous other texts, it is not translated.
    Hope this helps.