The Septuagint is an ancient Greek translation of the Old
Testament. It is not inspired.
Tradition has it that the Septuagint (known also as the LXX because 70 scribes were involved in its production) was written some 250 years before the Christian era. But this is not the case.
WAS THERE A PRE-CHRISTIAN SEPTUAGINT?
In his book Forever Settled (published by The Bible For Today: 900 Park Avenue, Collingswood. N.J. 08108 USA) Jack Moorman writes
|on page 13||"Paul Kahle ( a famous O.T. scholar) who has done extensive work in the Septuagint does not believe that there was one original old Greek version and that consequently the manuscripts of the Septuagint (so-called) cannot be traced back to one archtype...
Peter Ruckman (in the Christian's handbook of Manuscript Evidence) has taken a similar position. His arguments can be summarized as follows:
In his masterful book Problem Texts (published by Pensecola Bible Institute Press, P.O. Box 7135, Pensecola, Florida 32504. USA) Peter S Ruckman Ph.D. writes of the Septuagint in Appendix Two,
|pages 407-409:||"I have a copy of the notorious Septuagint on my
desk (Zondervan Publishing Co.1970, from Samuel Baxter & Sons,
London). In the Introduction, the party line of the Alexandrian
Cult is laid out as neatly as a tiled floor. Our writer says 'THE
FACT' may be regarded as 'CERTAIN' that the Greek Old Testament
LXX had begun to be translated before 285BC. The evidence for
this? Don't be silly; the Alexandrian Cult never deals with evidence.|
Every LXX manuscript cited in the Septuagint Concordance was written 200 years after the completion of the New Testament. They are as follows:"
Ruckman then lists the 4 Greek manuscripts from which the Septaugint came. Brief details include:
"Those interested in further damaging evidence will observe that every papyrus manuscript found with any part of the Old Testament in it was written after the resurrection, with the exception of one scrap containing less than six chapters of Deuteronomy on it.
The "Septuagint" papyri (we have listed all 23 of them with all that they contain and the dates they were written in The Christian's Handbook of Manuscript Evidence pp.48-51, published in 1970) were all written within 60 to 500 years after John finished writing the Book of Revelation."
"The mythological LXX or Septuagint is the most persistent
spook to haunt orthodox Christianity since the myth that Christ
was born in a cave. The theory is based on abstract speculation
of the wildest sort without one piece of reliable documented evidence
of ANY kind that there was ever on this earth one single copy
of an OLD Testament in GREEK before the heading up of the school
at Alexandria by Origen, one hundred years after the entire New
Testament was complete, yet to this day there exists on every
campus of every fundamental school in the United States the nebulous
ghost of this non-existent spook."
If the reader is interested in further studying this issue of Bible Versions and how that the King James Version is the infallible Word of God, then you simply must buy Ruckman's book Problem Texts. Never in all my days have I read such hard-hitting facts in favour of the Authorized Version. But be warned, Ruckman's style is not for the faint-hearted, especially if they are afraid of the facts!
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