The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon

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Baker Academic, 2004 - Religion - 153 pages
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In this work, world-renowned scholar Martin Hengel laments that so few people (including scholars) appreciate the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament), considering it a "mere translation." By contrast, Hengel recognizes the Septuagint's historical and theological value, noting that it is the first complete and pre-Christian commentary on the Old Testament. "The Septuagint as Christian Scripture" focuses on a key question: How did this collection of Jewish writings in the Greek language become the authoritative Old Testament Scripture in the Christian church? In the process of answering this question, Hengel touches on the development of the canon and the relationship between church fathers and Scripture.

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Martin Hengel was Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Judaism at the University of Tubingen in Germany until his death in 2009.

Mark E. Biddle (Ph.D., University of Zurich) is Professor of Old Testament at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He has written numerous articles & reviews as well as two books & four volumes of translated works. He has been pastor & in churches in Indiana, Germany, Switzerland, & Tennessee.

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