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Dirk Buchner, DLitt



Dirk Buchner is a Professor of Religious Studies at TWU.

Of greater interest: The Bible and Social Justice, and Creationism, Scientism and the Bible: why there should be no conflict between mainstream science and Christian faith.


  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

  • Hebrew

  • Aramaic and Syriac (grammar and syntax)

  • Hellenistic Greek (grammar and lexicography)

  • The Septuagint

Research & Current Projects

  • Septuagint Leviticus (incorporating Greek lexicography, Ptolemaic Alexandria, Hellenistic culture; the reception of the LXX in the New Testament and early Christianity.)

  • Religion and Society in Iron age Palestine.

  • Pre-Exilic Hebrew Prophets.

  • Commentary on LXX Leviticus (SBL Commentary on the Septuagint Series)

  • Lexicographical studies of Hellenistic Greek sacral terminology.

Recent Publications

"Exilasasthai: Appeasing God in the Septuagint Pentateuch," Journal of Biblical Literature 129, no. 2 (2010): 237-260.

Leviticus. A New English Tranlsation of the Septuagint (NETS). New York, Oxford University Press, 2007, 82-106.

BOSHET in Jer 3.24: Disenfranchisement and the role of the goddess in 7th Century Judah. Journal of Theological Studies 59 (2008): 478-499.

A Cultic Term (hamartia) in the Septuagint: Its Meaning and Use from the 3rd Century BCE until the New Testament. Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies 41 (2009).

  "You shall not give of your seed to serve an Archon". Leviticus 18:21 in the Septuagint, in H. Ausloos, J. Cook, F. García Martínez, B. Lemmelijn, M. Vervenne (eds.), Translating a Translation. The Septuagint and its Modern Translations in the Context of Early Judaism (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, 213), Leuven: Peeters, 2008, 183-196.

The Thysia Soteriou of the Septuagint and the Greek Cult: Representation and Accommodation, in H. Ausloos B. Lemmelijn and M. Vervenne, (eds.) "Florilegium Lovaniense. Studies in Septuagint and Textual Criticism in Honour of Florentino Garcia Martinez" (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 224), Leuven: Peeters, 2008, 85-100.

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BA - Johannesburg

B.Theol., MA - Stellenbosch

Lic.Theol. - BTCSA

D.Litt - Stellenbosch

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