Contribution to Book
8 Septuagint Proverbs 28:4 and Shielding the Righteous: Implications for Understanding Sabbath Fighting in JosephusSeptuagint, Sages, and Scripture (2016)
Johann Cook is well known for his numerous publications on the ancient versions of the Hebrew Bible, especially the Septuagint. His monograph on Septuagint Proverbs displays a wealth of knowledge regarding ancient Jewish exegetical traditions, Qumran texts, Hellenistic literature, and translation techniques. In this essay, I would like to pay tribute to Cook’s immense contributions to scholarship by exploring an insight he briefly raises in one of his studies on Septuagint Proverbs, namely his thoughts concerning the Law as a wall around the righteous. I would like to accomplish this by investigating the issue of Sabbath fighting in the writings of Josephus with a particular focus on John Hyrcanus, whom Josephus portrays as the greatest of all high priests. The selected passages explored in this contribution support several of Cook’s insights regarding Jewish exegetical oral tradition about shielding the righteousness from incorrect interpretations of the Law as described in LXX Prov 28:4.
Publication DateSeptember 13, 2016
EditorR.X. Gauthier, G. Kotze & Dr. G. Steyn
Citation InformationKenneth Atkinson. "8 Septuagint Proverbs 28:4 and Shielding the Righteous: Implications for Understanding Sabbath Fighting in Josephus" Septuagint, Sages, and Scripture (2016) p. 142 - 158
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth-atkinson/5/