Why not textual notes in the Lexham English Septuagint 2nd Edition?

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 31 2020 7:16 PM

I am doing a study on the Septuagint and 4QDeutj's translation of "Angels of God"/"sons of God" vs. the MT's "sons of Israel" at Deuteronomy 32:8.  I have been using the Lexham English Septuagint, so I opened the newly downloaded 2nd edition just to use the newest version, when I noticed that the LES2 has no textual notes as you can see from the picture below:

The one on the left is the LES, and the one on the right is the LES2.  Why are there no textual notes in the 2nd edition?!?

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 4:45 AM

I wanted to bump this for Monday morning so that someone from Logos might jump in.  This seems like an important omission from the LES2.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 6:51 AM

Was hoping you said, yes, you checked your visual filter display.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 7:49 AM

Denise:

Was hoping you said, yes, you checked your visual filter display.

Not sure about what you mean by "Was hoping you said, yes," but I do not see anything under visual filters that would affect this.  I did turn them all on to see if it changed anything.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 7:54 AM

Joseph Turner:
Not sure about what you mean

Often, when less experienced users note the missing notes, it's due to their filter for notes or non-Bible text set to off. You're an experienced user, so I was assuming you checked already.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 8:43 AM

Denise:

Joseph Turner:
Not sure about what you mean

Often, when less experienced users note the missing notes, it's due to their filter for notes or non-Bible text set to off. You're an experienced user, so I was assuming you checked already.

I did actually look after you mentioned it, but there was nothing to cause it.  Do you have the LES2?

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 9:00 AM

No ... they likely will release the mobile sometime this year. But I was comparing LES1 to NETS. I really don't know about the translation philosopy in LES1 (will re-check later with LES2). In LES1, at least what I was checking (Penteteuch most stable LXX), LES was iffy. Not sure why .. maybe LES2 will be better.

Hopefully, this small chat will bounce your question back up, and Rick will see it.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 12:50 PM

Hopefully someone will see it.  I think this is a pretty important issue.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 1:32 PM

The reverse interlinear for LES2 is shipping during February - I wonder if that will add in this functionality?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 1:33 PM

Denise:
No ... they likely will release the mobile sometime this year.

If you are referring to LES2, it is available on mobile now

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Doug Mangum | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 2:21 PM

Joseph, one reason we left LES1 as it was in Logos was that LES2 did not retain all of the notes. I can't speak to how decisions were reached at every point about which notes to retain and which to remove for LES2. I can tell you that thousands of notes were re-evaluated for whether they were necessary (and undoubtedly different editors had different criteria for what was "necessary"). In general, from a quick flip through the print edition, it appears the remaining notes in LES2 relate to noting literal wording where the translation was more idiomatic and to indicating versification differences. LES2 was revised with print in mind and with the knowledge that LES1 retained all of the technical notes. I'm curious now just how frequently LES1 had textual notes of the type at Deut 32:8. I don't recall seeing that many in the books I proofread for LES2.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 3 2020 3:33 PM

Graham Criddle:
If you are referring to LES2, it is available on mobile now

Thank you, Graham. I was crazily filtering Lexham LXX. I don't know why.  But reading Doug's reply, I guess I'll download it to see what it doesn't have. Smiling.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2020 4:29 AM

Doug Mangum:

Joseph, one reason we left LES1 as it was in Logos was that LES2 did not retain all of the notes. I can't speak to how decisions were reached at every point about which notes to retain and which to remove for LES2. I can tell you that thousands of notes were re-evaluated for whether they were necessary (and undoubtedly different editors had different criteria for what was "necessary"). In general, from a quick flip through the print edition, it appears the remaining notes in LES2 relate to noting literal wording where the translation was more idiomatic and to indicating versification differences. LES2 was revised with print in mind and with the knowledge that LES1 retained all of the technical notes. I'm curious now just how frequently LES1 had textual notes of the type at Deut 32:8. I don't recall seeing that many in the books I proofread for LES2.

So then the LES2 is not a replacement for the LES1?  I do understand the focus on the print edition, but the LES has copious notes throughout, while it is actually hard to find notes in the LES2.  I see on the product page for the LES2 that it states, "The second edition of the LES makes more of an effort than the first to focus on the text as received rather than as produced. Because this approach shifts the point of reference from a diverse group to a single implied reader, the new LES exhibits more consistency than the first edition."  This may be a reflection of that redirection in focus.

It might have been better to call the LES2 the "Reader's Edition" or something similar.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2020 5:44 AM

Joseph Turner:
It might have been better to call the LES2 the "Reader's Edition" or something similar.

I hope you're being sardonic, not serious. But from what I can see, LES had a bunch of look-like-NETS naming notes (removed in LES2), with a residual that is similar to NETS. My impression. 

But the claim, 'from a reader', presumably would be more accurately, 'from a reader almost 5 centuries after the writer-edition'. Now, granted, NETS trying to match up to the hebrew/english semantic, is comfortable, but one is never sure what happened.  One returns to the 'Old Greek'.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2020 8:11 AM

Denise:
I hope you're being sardonic, not serious.

No, I'm not, but I wasn't being negative in any way.  My comment was based on the stated focus which I cited above, which seems to be to make a more readable version without all of the extra notes and concern for different readings.  

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2020 6:21 PM

I'm concerned about this trend.

There was talk about italics and brackets possibly being removed from a future edition of the LEB. Removing footnotes or visual formatting that conveys information such as idioms, literal translations, words that aren't present in the original language, or verses missing from other manuscripts diminishes the usefulness of the resource, and places more of a burden on the user.

I'd rather see an option to hide any formatting or footnotes for users who didn't want to see them, instead of removing them.

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Steve Maling | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 4 2020 6:35 PM

I'm with PetahChristianBig Smile

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 5 2020 6:08 AM

PetahChristian:
I'd rather see an option to hide any formatting or footnotes for users who didn't want to see them, instead of removing them.

I totally agree with this.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 5 2020 6:44 AM

Joseph Turner:
seems to be to make a more readable version without all of the extra notes and concern for different readings.  

You may be right (even though their 'readers' was an attempt to justify a diplomatic in the face of Gottengen, and the recent monster LXX commentaries). In theory, they'd need churchy-greek from the 3rd-4th century.

But I was scanning the notes. In my mind, LES1 went nutty with notes (ie every Noah gets a Noe note; NETS simply used Noe, etc). But then LES2 kind of cut beyond good judgment (vs a typical average Bible).

In the example below (top=LES2; bottom LES1), the note at Gen 8:21 disappeared. First, they consciously re-translated the verse a 2nd time. And the re-wording was theologically significant in the New Testament, and required explanation to the LES2 reader. So, anyway, I guess they have their printed book.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 5 2020 7:47 AM

Denise:
But I was scanning the notes. In my mind, LES1 went nutty with notes (ie every Noah gets a Noe note; NETS simply used Noe, etc). But then LES2 kind of cut beyond good judgment (vs a typical average Bible).

I agree with this sentiment on both sides.

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