Where to Buy a Combined Greek NT and LXX?

Wouldn’t it be convenient to have a combined Greek NT and LXX? Well, last year the German Bible Society published one. You can buy it on Amazon here: LXX-NA28 Greek Bible (Biblia Graeca). It will cost you a pretty penny, though, over $100. See Abram K-J’s post with details here.

Of course, with smartphone technology you can get apps with LXX/NT, or just browse to a site like https://www.academic-bible.com/en/online-bibles/septuagint-lxx/read-the-bible-text/ where you can read the LXX or NT.

e-yia-yrafe-928929522-300x400If you don’t need the critical apparatus and you don’t mind reading the traditional texts, you might want to check out the Zoe Brotherhood‘s Greek Bible, Continue reading

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Did Enoch Die? (LXX, Philo, Hebrews)

fb43e322d6908a3f4f3e1799f49ae2e41813b06ef93b11c703eacc9e1196d730The Biblical notice of Enoch is brief and tantalizing: “When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after the birth of Methuselah three hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.” (NRSV Gen 5:21-24). Several elements here caught later interpreters’ attention.

  • Enoch only lived 365 years–very short compared to the other antediluvians. The number 365 was frequently taken to have calendrical associations, since the solar year is 365 days (well, technically 365.24219647 days 🙂 ). In some traditions Enoch reveals the Continue reading
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Do You Want to Go to Hades?

ksmn2587lLast week, I was commenting to my elementary Greek class on the need to be aware of some simple linguistic data when dealing the topic of ‘hell’ and the NT.

Older translations of the NT (like the KJV) typically translated the Greek word hades (ᾅδης) as ‘hell.’ In the LXX, ᾅδης translates Hebrew sheol, which is generally just the grave or the place of the dead, without any necessary connotations of a conscious afterlife.

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When did Death Come into the World?

I received the new IVP Academic catalog today and the new book by Ronald Osborn, Death Before the Fall, caught my attention. It deals with the question of death, the fall, and our hermeneutics in reading Genesis. I’ve recently run across a few ancient texts that address the same question (of when death entered the world) in surprising ways.

First, the Wisdom of Solomon Continue reading

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Are the Dead Raised as Angels? (Phun with Philo)


Will I have abs like this in the resurrection?

Luke 20 adds several elements to the Markan version of Jesus’ discussion with the Sadducees: οἱ δὲ καταξιωθέντες τοῦ αἰῶνος ἐκείνου τυχεῖν καὶ τῆς ἀναστάσεως τῆς ἐκ νεκρῶν οὔτε γαμοῦσιν οὔτε γαμίζονται·οὐδὲ γὰρ ἀποθανεῖν ἔτι δύνανται, ἰσάγγελοι γάρ εἰσιν καὶ υἱοί εἰσιν θεοῦ τῆς ἀναστάσεως υἱοὶ ὄντες (20:35-36).

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Who is the Son of Man in Psalm 80?

vinebookI’m very proud to announce the publication of my younger brother’s (Andrew Streett) doctoral thesis, The Vine and the Son of Man: Eschatological Interpretation of Psalm 80 in Early JudaismIt is part of Fortress Press’s prestigious new peer-reviewed monograph series, The Emerging Scholars Series. That’s ’emerging’ as in up-and-coming, not as in Tony Jones and Rob Bell. 🙂

Andrew wrote this thesis for his PhD at University of Wales, under the supervision of William Campbell and Kathy Ehrensperger. It addresses Continue reading

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How I Became a Real Blog


Somewhere along the line, during this blog’s “hibernation” last year, we passed 100K hits. In celebration of this, I skimped and saved, Continue reading

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Was there Natural Evil in Eden? (Phun with Philo)

loebphiloIn Questions on Genesis 1.14 Philo addresses the question of why the garden Paradise was in need of a man to cultivate it and guard it (Gen 2:15, ἐργάζεσθαι αὐτὸν καὶ φυλάσσειν) since it was, after all, planted by God and thus presumably perfect.

Philo answers first that Paradise did in fact not need a cultivator at all. It was perfect. But God wanted to allow some room for the man to demonstrate his diligence and industry by watering it, tilling it, irrigating it, etc. Continue reading

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My Paper at the HBU Conference on Paul and Judaism


Not a keynote speaker at the conference.

I’m pleased to announce that my paper proposal was accepted for the Houston Baptist University conference on Paul and Judaism, which will be happening March 19-20. Keynote speakers include NT Wright, Beverly Gaventa, and Ross Wagner. There will be breakout sessions with papers related to the theme.

My paper is titled Cursed by God? Galatians 3:13 in Early Jewish Context. Here’s my abstract:

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Philo’s no Feminist (or, Φιλων Μισογυνης)


Since my research currently has me reading through the Philonic corpus, I thought it would be fun to blog some of the more interesting tidbits I run across. We can call this series, which I hope will be a regular feature, “Phun with Philo.” I’m currently working through the Questions and Answers on Genesis. This is, as it sounds, a walk through Genesis in Q&A format, where Philo deals with all the difficulties that crop up in the text (the LXX of course). All quotes are taken from the Loeb edition of Philo. Continue reading

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