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The Septuagint: 3rd - 2nd century BC

The name Septuagint (from the Latin for 'seventy') derives from the legend that the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek in Alexandria is the work of seventy-two scholars, six from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Every one of their versions is found to be identical, word for word, thus proving the direct involvement of God.

The most holy part of the Bible, the Torah or Pentateuch( as this new version on Greek scrolls is also known), is the first to be translated, early in the 3rd century BC. The work continues over a long period, being completed only in the 2nd century. This version of the Old Testament is the one used by the early Christians, whose New Testament is also in Greek.


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