New Septuagint Lexicon

Excellent news for students of the Septuagint!

Takamitsu Muraoka has completed and published his A Greek-English Lexicon to the Septuagint. This edition covers the entire Septuagint, thus superseding the previous two partial editions. It utilizes the text of the Göttingen Septuaginta where present, and the Rahlfs text otherwise. Reading the information on that page, it appears to be an extremely thorough and educational work in itself, another exemplar of the high standard of quality that Muraoka strives for and achieves in all his works that I have had the pleasure to be familiar with.

Unlike the Lust, Eynikel, Hauspie A Greek-English Lexicon to the Septuagint, Muraoka’s is a full lexicon, providing definitions, antonyms, synonyms, and so on. The LEH included simply glosses.

Muraoka’s Lexicon is certainly going to be the lexicon for the Septuagint for some time to come.

Now if we could just get the Göttingen Septuaginta finished, we’d all be happy, and not require such excellent works as Muraoka’s to be based upon a hybrid text of “Göttingen where available, otherwise Rahlfs” or “Göttingen or Cambridge or Rahlfs” as the case may be. One text for our tools and reading is really not asking too much.


  1. Kevin-

    Blessed Pentecost!

    This is not so much a reply to the above, and is perhaps somewhat of a non sequitur, but I just had to point something out to you that I just found. The moment I found it I thought of you.

    Dumbarton Oaks is publishing the proceedings of a Byzantine studies symposium (held in Dec. of ’06 it seems) titled ‘ The Old Testament in Byzantium.’ (!!!) I found this accidentally while checking to see if Fr. Eugen Pentiuc’s (forthcoming, God willing!) ‘The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition’ had become available. Not quite as exciting, but looks pretty interesting:

  2. And to you, most thoughtful Symeon!

    Thank you for the book tips! I’ll have to put both the Dumbarton Oaks one and Fr Pentiuc’s new book on my shopping list!

    Then I’ll just need to brick myself up in my room so I’ll have time to read all these books….

  3. Symeon, this page mentions that Fr Pentiuc’s The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition will be coming from Oxford University Press in 2011. So, we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

    Congratulations are in order! Fr Pentiuc has received both a Lilly and an Fulbright Scholarship. Axios!

  4. Stepanchik! I am honored to have you go through the trouble of commenting via the wretched onscreen keyboard. (And congratulations, and many years, etc, etc!) I see too that you are going WordPress. It’s the best of the free bunch.

    I guess 95 Euros isn’t so bad. That’s just about US$140. That’s only a little more than I spend on coffee every month, which is my yardstick for all expenses!

    John, I hope the copies will be less expensive there! Such an expenditure in the midst of travel is not ideal.

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