Timothy Michael Law: He’s Got 99 Problems But a Book Ain’t One (Skinner)

Law DogTimothy Michael Law is a Septuagint specialist with a lot going on right now. In addition to serving as the editor-in-chief for Marginalia Review of Books, he has recently launched a new podcast series (The Septuagint Sessions). I listened to the first one this morning while primping in my bathroom mirror. The intro music alone is worth your time. Probably the biggest thing he’s got goin’ on is that book. Yeah, everybody’s been talking about When God Spoke Greekfor awhile now but let’s be honest, you can’t read everything you want to read right away…so yes, I’m a little behind. A number of individuals in the blogosphere have said very positive things about this book over the past few months. I’m late to the party, but at least I showed up. I have been reading Law’s introduction to the Septuagint in recent weeks and I’ve been impressed by his ability to discuss his subject matter with substance while doing it in a very readable way. I think he has written what will be, for many (myself included), the go-to resource for introducing students and other interested non-specialists to the LXX. Everyone’s been saying this, so at the risk of sounding unoriginal, let me say that I like this book a lot and I think you should check it out. What you don’t know is that if you really want to appreciate the subtleties of Law’s argument, you need to keep the soothing sounds of Tupac’s All Eyez On Me or Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life on a continuous loop in the background. Trust me, it will enhance your experience immeasurably. Well done TML!

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