James McGrath ends (kinda, sorta) our blog tour of T. Michael Law’s When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible with his review of Chapter 13 (The Man with the Burning Hand versus the Man with the Honey Sword) and Chapter 14 (A Postscript). Chapter 13 is a brief narrative of the conflict between Jerome and Augustine over the place of the Greek Old Testament (Septuagint) in the Christian Church. This is a story that anyone who want to “think theologically” about the Septuagint should know. It puts flesh-and-bone on the Church’s transition to Latin in the west. Chapter 13 opens the door for further exploration, as does McGrath, as he ends his review not with a statement but instead with several questions, questions we should all ponder.
Early next week I will post a full review of the book. Also, I want to share Law’s challenge on the last page with readers of this blog, because (1) I think his challenge may peak your interest in the book as a whole and (2) because I think it is a challenge that confessing Christians ought to consider with seriousness. You can see that post tomorrow morning.