Don't know if I spelled that correctly, but am wondering just what books were contained in it. And if memory, or lack there of, serves me wasn't there a hebrew and a greek one??? Any help given will be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.
What books were contained in the septuiagant?
The Septuagint aka LXX was a Greek translation of the ''Old Testament'' scriptures. This was done during the period between the completion of the OT and the writing of the New Testament. It was a practical solution to a problem of language. As the Greek speaking world expanded and more of the Jewish areas became Hellenized (influenced by Greek culture) they picked up the Greek language and dropped Hebrew. So, not long after the completion of the OT there were few Jews that could read/speak/understand Hebrew. A Greek translation was very much needed and that was provided though the Septuagint/ LXX.
The LXX did contain some fourteen books not included in the OT. These are better know as the apocrypha. These books may have been included in the LXX because they were respected books, not that the Jews of that time necessarily thought they were on the some level as the other OT books.
Septuagint Books (list from Wiki not sure if complete)
Esther with additions
Tobit or Tobias
Prayer of Manasseh
Song of Solomon
Sirach or Ecclesiasticus
Psalms of Solomon
Prophets - Minor Prophets
Letter of Jeremiah
Daniel with additions
The Septuagint was the Bible Jesus quoted from. If you google Jesus and Septuagint you will see he even quoted from some of the so-called "apocrypha".
Basically, it was men who decided what went in the Bible or not.
Some quotes by Jesus in the Deuterocanonicals
Matt. 6:19-20 - Jesus' statement about laying up for yourselves treasure in heaven follows Sirach 29:11 - lay up your treasure.
Matt.. 7:12 - Jesus' golden rule "do unto others" is the converse of Tobit 4:15 - what you hate, do not do to others.
Matt. 7:16,20 - Jesus' statement "you will know them by their fruits" follows Sirach 27:6 - the fruit discloses the cultivation.
Matt. 9:36 - the people were "like sheep without a shepherd" is same as Judith 11:19 - sheep without a shepherd.
Matt. 11:25 - Jesus' description "Lord of heaven and earth" is the same as Tobit 7:18 - Lord of heaven and earth.
Matt. 12:42 - Jesus refers to the wisdom of Solomon which was recorded and made part of the deuterocanonical books.
Matt. 16:18 - Jesus' reference to the "power of death" and "gates of Hades" references Wisdom 16:13.
Matt. 22:25; Mark 12:20; Luke 20:29 - Gospel writers refer to the canonicity of Tobit 3:8 and 7:11 regarding the seven brothers.
Matt. 24:15 - the "desolating sacrilege" Jesus refers to is also taken from 1 Macc. 1:54 and 2 Macc. 8:17.
Matt. 24:16 - let those "flee to the mountains" is taken from 1 Macc. 2:28.
Matt. 27:43 - if He is God's Son, let God deliver him from His adversaries follows Wisdom 2:18.
Mark 4:5,16-17 - Jesus' description of seeds falling on rocky ground and having no root follows Sirach 40:15.
Mark 9:48 - description of hell where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched references Judith 16:17.
Bluesapphire I find this subject fascinating it’s like the book of Enoch which is quoted in both 2 Peter and Jude, but left out of most translations.
Such an interesting post! *book marking*
Surely these are the books ,along with other writings probably,that Paul referred to when he said "all scripture is inspired of God", and yet christians and especially JW's give many of them no weight because the catholic church did not include them in the approved canon.
I forgot though, those esteemed "Watchtower scholars" must know what god thinks about them.
Yes the GB knows what's inspired or not no need to listen to that Jesus guy or his apostles.
Or could it just be that these books didn't fit certain peoples doctrinal agendas?