Re: Why Not the LXX?
>X-Sender: barthome1@...I haven't looked for a while, but I seem to recall reading that
>From: "Bart Torbert" <barthome1@...>
>A question was posted as to why the LXX was not widely accepted in the Chri=
>stian church. Let me throw out some ideas for discussion.
>It can be seen as surprising that the LXX was not accepted by the Roman chu=
>rch as the Romans had a great fixation with Greek culture and a hatred of t=
>he Jews. I would think that they would prefer a Greek text over a Jewish o=
>ne, particularly since these were supposed to be "the same thing." This li=
>ne of arguement has been used by those who feel the entire New Testament wa=
>s originally in Hebrew/Aramaic to justify explain why the Greek text became=
> the standard. So what happened?
> In the earliest days of the church, they did have good copies of the Hebre=
>w text and just could not bring themselves to use something else since they=
> had the original version at hand. Maybe what was circulating in Hebrew wa=
>s close enough to the versions of the LXX that were available that they did=
> not see any reason to use the Greek version. Once the Vulgate was created=
>, only a few theologians cared about any differences. If you come down a f=
>ew centuries when more people started to care about the differences in vers=
>ions, the really old Hebrew versions were no longer available and the exist=
>ing Masoritic texts had migrated further away from the LXX, so a big differ=
>ence was seen.
>One hole in this line of thought is my ignorance of what Jerome used for th=
>e Vulgate. Anybody know this?
>So do I have any idea what I am talking about?
Jerome's Vulgate is important because he made use of Hebrew and Greek
texts which are no longer extant. I haven't got my textbooks with me
right now. Perhaps someone else can shed more light on the subject.
>BartCindy Smith, M.A. Philosophy (Program in Religious Studies)
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