Reading David & Goliath in Greek & Hebrew: A Literary Approach

Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2.No.82

By: Benjamin J.M. Johnson
December 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161540462
282 Pages
$124.50 Paper original


The story of David and Goliath existed in ancient times in two different literary issues, a short version of the Greek tradition of the Codex Vaticanus (Lxxb) and a longer version that can be found in the Hebrew tradition of the MT. Benjamin JM Johnson suggests that each version there is value to be examined on its merits and offers a literary analysis of the story of David and Goliath in the Greek text of the first book of the kingdoms 16-18. The author examines a method of reading the Septuagint, which recognizes that it is both a stand-alone document and umeine translation of the Hebrew original. By reading the new version of the Septuagint story of David and Goliath, he emphasizes the literary differences between the two versions of the story and the literary significance of the Greek translation.