When Andrew King reviewed Chapters 3 and 4 of T. Michael Law’s When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible for our blog tour he had a valid concern/critique, which he addressed as follows:
“…could the reader not be helped by a more balanced presentation of state of Old Testament scholarship? Certainly Law represents a major position regarding textual plurality in ancient Judaism, but it is not the only voice in the conversation. Other scholars have proposed alternative theories to this view, favoring a greater degree of continuity. For example, in opposition to the plurality of literary editions, some scholars have argued for the preservation of a Temple Text, conservatively transmitted. If correct, this theory would offer an answer to the question of continuity with the later MT. While there may have been certain cases of free translations, a stable text was always in transmission.”
Although Law’s book does include more resources in the Further Reading section it seemed to King that the breadth of scholarship on the evolution of the Bible was not consulted in Law’s book. I asked King to provide me with a few resources that he thought might accompany Law’s book to provide a more well-rounder picture. You can read his response here.
Nice follow up recommendation ….
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