[b-greek] LXX and Apocrypha

From: Tony Costa (tmcos@hotmail.com)
Date: Wed May 09 2001 - 11:21:02 EDT

Dear Friends,

  I had a question regarding the LXX and the Apocrypha. Was the Apocrypha
always part of the LXX? The NT quotes from the LXX, but it never quotes from
any of the books of the Apocrypha. References to events in the Apocrypha are
alluded to in Heb 11:35 and Heb 11:37 seems to be referring to the
martyrdom of Isaiah being sawed in half as recorded in the pseudepigraphical
writing, the Ascension of Isaiah. Jude also alludes to pseudepigraphical
texts in Jude 9,14-15.
   Did the LXX of the first century C.E. contain the Apocrypha? To my
knowledge, the earliest MSS so far found that include the Apocrypha date
from the fourth century C.E. Any comments would be appreciated. Many thanks.

                                                 Tony Costa

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