Benjamin J. M. Johnson

Reading David and Goliath in Greek and Hebrew

A Literary Approach

[David und Goliath auf Griechisch und Hebräisch lesen. Ein literarischer Ansatz.]

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Benjamin J. M. Johnson offers a literary reading of the two variant editions of the story of David and Goliath as found in the Hebrew and Greek traditions of 1 Samuel 16–18 and explores a method for reading the Septuagint as both a translation and a text in its own right.
The story of David and Goliath existed in antiquity in two variant literary editions, a short version found in the Greek tradition of Codex Vaticanus (LXXB) and a longer version found in the Hebrew tradition of the MT. Benjamin J. M. Johnson proposes that each version is worthy of study in its own right and offers a close literary reading of the narrative of David and Goliath in the Greek text of 1 Reigns 16–18. The author explores a method for reading the Septuagint that recognizes it is both a document in its own right and a translation of a Hebrew original. In offering a reading of the septuagintal version of the David and Goliath narrative, the literary difference between the two versions of the story and the literary significance of the Greek translation are highlighted.

Benjamin J. M. Johnson Born 1982; 2012 PhD in Theology, University of Durham; since 2012 Tutor in Biblical Interpretation at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.


The following reviews are known:

In: Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift — 71 (2017), S. 289–290 (Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 39 (2016), S. 484 (A.W.D.)
In: — (2/2016) (William Brown)
In: Theologische Revue — 112 (2016), S. 194–195 (Christine Treu)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (5/2017) (Randall X. Gauthier / Joseph McDonald)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 130 (2018), S. 318 (Alexander A. Fischer)
In: Revue Théologique de Louvain — 48 (2017), p. 549 (André Wénin)
In: ProtoView — (4/2016)
In: Catholic Biblical Quarterly — 79 (2017), S. 504–506 (Craig E. Morrison)
In: Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies — 50 (2017), S. 323–325 (Christophe Lemardelé)