Imaginary Septuagint
In Response To: Re: Torah Time ()

Hi again,

Sorry for asking stupid questions (in the previous post)... I made some internet research myself, and found out that no such thing as a "Septuagint" has ever been found! Only various scattered fragments of early (perhaps 2nd-1st century B.C.) Greek versions of books like Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and perhaps some minor Prophets.

The “legendary account” of the 72 Jewish Scholars – “six from each of the twelve tribes” – who allegedly should have translated the Hebrew Scriptures in 72 days, seems to come from a forged “Letter of Aristeas”, or Aristeus, as related by Josephus (in Antiquities 12:2).

The earliest more complete Greek translations of the Hebrew writings – though in no way actually labelled “Septuagint” – are the 4th century A.D. Codexes Vaticanus & Sinaiticus.

So, how real is the “Septuagint”?


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