From: Jack Kilmon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jun 22 1998 - 11:58:06 EDT
You cannot look at the LXX as a "standard" version with some form of
canonicity to its texts. There were variant texts for the OT writings
to either the translator or to a variant Hebrew text used by the
Pentateuch was probably the first in attention in the 3rd century BCE
Prophets and Writings came later over years. The LXX is not a Christian
product but it was utilized and preserved by Christians.
For Christians, the NT became a "part 2" of the LXX and obviously,
were numerous variant texts which is the "stuff" of Textual Criticism.
Mr. Lemuel G. Abarte wrote:
> I understand that the LXX had revisions until the time of the early
> Church Fathers and they modified the translation?
> But I don't seem to be aware that there are any researches made
> concerning these processes.
> From: Jack Kilmon <email@example.com>
> To: Biblical Greek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Saturday, June 20, 1998 9:25 PM
> Subject: Re: LXX
> Kevin Messerschmidt wrote:
> > Does anyone here doubt the authenticity of the LXX, i.e. is it
> > accepted to be pre-NT, or is it as some claim 3rd century post-NT or
> > beyond?
> The NT began its development from autographs and sources
> beginningin the 40's CE and
> throughout the first century with editing and redactions
> that continued into the third century. The NT works were
> Greek that imbed some translational Greek from Aramaic and/or Hebrew
> source material.
> The LXX began its development in the 3rd century BCE as a Greek
> translation of the Hebrew OT. It is, therefore, "pre-NT."
> The LXX is *Old Testament* but was the OT most preferred by
> Christians after the 1st century since most Christians were gentiles
> and spoke Greek. When the NT writings were collected and
> collated at about the same time when the codex became popular
> among Christians, they were appended to the LXX of the OT
> and the "Old" and "New" Testament labels came into use. The
> 4th century Codex Alexandrinus is an example.
> The answer to your question, therefore, is the LXX is an
> 'authentic" translation of the Hebrew scriptures that predates
> the NT.
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