Posts from August 2016

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Why is the Septuagint Important?

by Jeremy

In the first article of this series (What is the Septuagint?), we already looked at one reason the LXX is important—both Jesus and his apostles used it extensively.  Because of this, I think we can generally assume that it will be a usable and acceptably accurate translation of the Tanakh.  A basic knowledge of this […]

Where did the Septuagint (LXX) come from?

by Jeremy

(See What is the Septuagint?) After learning the basics about what the Septuagint is, it’s natural to wonder, “where did it come from?”  Again, I can give you a concise, one-sentence answer: we don’t exactly know. But there are certainly theories!  Many people believe what later authors claimed about the LXX’s origins, and perhaps these […]

What is the Septuagint (or LXX)?

by Jeremy

In other articles, I’ve referred a time or two to something call the Septuagint.  If you want a one-sentence explanation, I can oblige: the Septuagint (or LXX) is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. However, there’s more to it.  First, it’s a bit misleading to call it the Greek translation of the Tanakh, because […]

“In the Original Greek”—Part Three

by Jeremy

(See Parts One and Two of this series.) So far, I’ve taken a pretty critical stance toward the use of Biblical Greek among Christians to interpret the text, and especially to teach others, because the ones who use it typically don’t know what they’re talking about.  They end up straying from the truth, and often […]