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The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part II :: By Randy Nettles

The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part II :: By Randy Nettles

After the destruction of the Second Temple in approximately 586 BC, the religious leaders of Judah split into several groups, each with their own Torah text. The rabbis took the Proto-Masoretic text of the Torah, and the Samaritans took theirs, which was called the Samaritan Pentateuch. The Qumran community had assembled texts of different types […]

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The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part IV :: By Randy Nettles

The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part IV :: By Randy Nettles

Most historians believe the Hebrew Pentateuch was translated into the Greek language in approximately 250 BC, and thus, the Septuagint or LXX was born. However, there is no solid proof of a pre-Christian LXX. What is usually referred to as the LXX today is nothing more than compilations of the oldest known manuscripts (in Greek) […]

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The Septuagint vs. The Masoretic Text, Part III :: By Randy Nettles

The Septuagint vs. The Masoretic Text, Part III :: By Randy Nettles

THE CASE FOR THE MASORETIC TEXT The Masoretic text (MT) is the basis for most English translations of the Old Testament today and is regarded as the best-preserved text of the Hebrew Bible. Yet the oldest extant manuscript is dated to around AD 900, and we cannot simply assume that its genealogical figures are the […]

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