THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SEPTUAGINT
By Dr. Sam Gipp
The Septuagint - LXX
Ever heard your pastor/counselor/guide/mentor/religious hero mention the word Septuagint? Unless you are in a KJV Bible Believing Church, and even some of those fellers' lie about this one, you will hear your pastor/pastorette refer to the Septuagint, or maybe only to the LXX.
Turn to John 6:45. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. This Old Testament quote is from Isaiah 54:13 and its phrasing by Jesus Christ in this case puts the lie to the fraudulent teaching that Jesus and his disciples used the fictitious Septuagint.
Scholars claim that the Septuagint is an "official" Greek translation of the Old Testament that was supposedly done around 250 BC by seventy-two Jewish scholars.
They further claim that Jesus, His disciples and the New Testament writers all used it. That, they say, is why there is often a difference between the wording of one of Jesus' quotes and the exact wording of the particular Old Testament passage He is quoting. This is BUNK!
There is NO MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE of the existence of a Greek translation of the Old Testament prior to 150 BC. And even this weak piece of evidence is of nothing more than some portions of Deuteronomy. Hardly to be called an 'entire' Old Testament!
But! If you go to a "Christian" (I prefer the term religious bookstore) bookstore you can purchase a 'genuine' copy of the Septuagint. How can that be? Simple - the Old Testament Greek translation that is sold as The Septuagint was never translated before the time of Christ. It is nothing more than a copy of a work that Origen did in the 4th century AD - and we all know what God thought of Origin and what Origin thought of God, don't we!
- Origen produced a work entitled the Hexapla. It got that name from the
fact that it was made up of six columns on each page. The 1st column was
copy of the Old Testament in Hebrew; the 2nd was Greek translation, a Greek version
by Aquila; the 4th column was a translation by Symmachus; the 5th column was Origin's
own translation; the 6th, a translation by Theodotion. What is known to
us today as The Septuagint is actually the 5th column of Origen's Hexapla.