- Nov 3, 2008To those of you - like Bob - who read aghast as I mentioned "the
Goettingen Septuagint project is on the rocks" (message 2656 of Dec.
1), I apologize. We've now got Ruth from the hand of Udo Quast as
IV,3 (2006) of the Goettingen Septuaginta. Those of us with
connections to an antiquariat now have the opportunity to watch the
British-German hatred play itself out in the field of Biblical
scholarship. A century after Holmes-Parsons began the work of a
critical edition of the Greek Bible, Brooke-McLean made the thing
more usable with The Old Testament in Greek, of which the Octateuch
volume - containing Ruth - appeared sometime during Word War I.
Almost immediately thereafter - in 1922 - Rahlfs responded with Das
Buch Ruth : griechisch, als Probe einer kritischen Handausgabe der
Septuaginta, a small tome of 28 pages that appeared as companion to
the author's larger Studie ueber den griechischen Text des Buches
Ruth of the same year. Quast now provides the finishing touch/blow
(and we can let Naomi and her daughters-in-law rest in peace!?) with
the blessing of Rahlfs ("Due to the increase in evidence since 1922
we deviate from his work slightly") and the curse of Holmes-Parsons
("We've recollated everything; where manuscripts cited by Holmes-
Parsons are lost, we've ignored them, since H-P is prone to error")
[cited from memory and translated from the German, pages not noted;
the book is not at hand]. As with all Goettingen volumes that cover
material worked by Brooke-McLean, we have the scads of "B-M mistakes"
and "B-M didn't see these" (pages 207-208), which are hard reading
for people addicted to the British work. (Checking the discrepancies
firsthand is not a forthright matter - even for those in the
museums/libraries - since B-M and Quast use different systems of
designating the manuscripts, and Quast's work includes neither
bibliographic information about them nor a concordance of sigla.)
New is Appendix 1 (pages 194-207), which lists and categorizes
scribal errors, which are now detached from - and thus no longer
encumber - the apparatus.
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