Editions of the Hexaplaric Fragments

Introduction

The Hexapla Project is committed to producing a New Field for the 21st century. Here is an overview of the scholarly editions of the hexaplaric fragments.

Prior Editions

Many collections of the hexaplaric fragments led up to Frederick Field’s magnum opus, but from 1875 on, Field’s Hexapla became the departure for all scholarly study. His two volume edition is available for free download from Internet Archive.

The second Apparatus of the Göttingen Septuaginta provides an extensive collection of hexaplaric fragments for all the available books except Psalms, which does not have a second apparatus.

The apparatus of the Larger Cambridge Septuagint also provides hexaplaric fragments for the available books. This edition is also available for free download from Internet Archive.

There are differences between these editions that are worth noting. Field attempted a critical reconstruction of the original text of the fragments in his edition. Although his evidence was by no means complete, he reconstructed the original wording of the fragments and provided a textual commentary in Latin in the footnotes. Although the other two editions have a fuller evidence register than Field, they do not attempt a critical reconstruction of the hexaplaric fragments. They list the fragments so that the scholar might see how the fragments may have influenced the textual transmission of the Septuagint.

Recent PhD Dissertations for the Hexapla Project

The Hexapla Project combines the vision of Field for a critical text of the hexaplaric fragments with the most up-to-date evidence and sources available. The following PhD dissertations provide the critical text for the hexaplaric fragments for those books. Substantial work has been done on Numbers, 3 Reigns, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Canticles.

Burris, Kevin. “A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Numbers 1-18.” Ph.D. diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009.

Ceulemans, Reinhart. “A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of the Book of Canticles, with Emphasis on their Reception in Greek Christian Exegesis.” Ph.D. diss., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2009.

Law, T. Michael. Origenes Orientalis: The Preservation of Origen’s Hexapla in the Syrohexapla of 3 Reigns (De Septuaginta Investigationes, 2; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011).

Marshall, Phillip S. “A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Ecclesiastes.” Ph.D. diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2007.

McClurg, Andrew H. “A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Numbers 19-36.” Ph.D. diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011.

Meade, John D. “A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22-42.” Ph.D. diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012.

Woods, Nancy. “A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job: Chapters 1-21.” Ph.D. diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009.

For the list of contributors to the Hexapla Project and future editions, see the Assignments page.