3210Re: [lxx] The LXX used as the OT for Christians
- Sep 1, 2009Quoting Michael <kg6gjr@...>:
> Should the MT text be used as our OT, or should LXX be used? ShouldI write,
> the base be the MT with the LXX supplementary, or should the LXX be
> the base text with the MT used supplementary? I do agree that
> Hebrew was the original language of the OT, but which text is closer
> to that original Hebrew?
Michael, this is more of a matter of the practices of individual
churches than it is something that can be established for everyone.
For Greek Orthodox Christians, the LXX itself is their OT, and the OTs
of other Orthodox are based upon it. The OT for Protestant Christians
is generally one or more of the various translations based on the
Hebrew but taking into account the LXX. The Roman Catholic position
is complicated, with both the Latin Vulgate (which is in part merely a
Latin translation of the LXX) and (at least in the USA) an English
translation of a Hebrew/Latin/Greek mishmash being official OT texts.
So, it really depends upon what a particular tradition holds to be
proper. There's no "one size fits all" answer.
Kevin P. Edgecomb
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