Edward William Grinfield
The reader of The Berean Expositor who has been acquainted with its method of exposition for any length of time, will be aware that the testimony of the Septuagint, especially for the light that is sheds upon the meaning of N.T. words, is held in high esteem. In our Index of Volumes I-XX of The Berean Expositor , we devoted two pages to a special Index of references to the Septuagint Version of the O.T.
A book which we recommend every student to obtain if possible is the work by E. W. Grinfield, M.A., published in London by William Pickering in 1850, and now only obtainable at second-hand. He entitled his book:
While we may not follow this writer to the full length of his argument and believe as he does that the LXX is of equal inspiration and canonicity as the Hebrew originals, we do certainly value the testimony that he gives to the extreme value and importance of this great Version. An apology is a justification rather than an excuse, and an apologetic is a formal defence of a person, doctrine, course, etc., and is first found in use in 1605. An apologist is a defender, as Lord Broughton wrote "Mr. Hume, the staunch apologist . . . . . of all Stuarts".
The reader will find no "apology" in the weak and secondary sense of the word in Grinfield's work. The following extracts will give some idea of the nature of this "apology".
In his introduction Grinfield says:
This indicates that Grinfield had worked for some time in the study of the Greek of the O.T., and another work by this same writer is of extreme value, in the matter of comparing passages of the Greek O.T. and the Greek Fathers, with the Greek of the N.T. Its title is rather forbidding, it is Scholia Hellenistica in Novum Testamentum, but the reader needs no Latin to use the work.
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