Interview with Dr James K. Aitken

A great interview with the best LXX guy on the planet (and a super nice dude).

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To mark the International Septuagint Day (8 February) we have an interview with Dr James Aitken, an expert in the field. We ask him questions about language research, ancient Greek, and the study of the Septuagint within biblical studies.

james-aitkenJames Aitken is Reader in Hebrew and Early Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Publications include No Stone Unturned:Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary (Eisenbrauns, 2014) and the T&T ClarkCompanion to the Septuagint (T&T Clark, 2015).

  • Which challenges arise in studying religious canonical texts from both a lexicographical and theological point of view [including linguistic dating of such texts]?

Challenges are always before us from the simple lack in our own knowledge about the ancient world coupled with the sparsity of evidence. The world around the Bible has to be reconstructed from a range of sources, often contradictory and certainly incomplete. While the texts are canonical…

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