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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 33. The Septuagint: Why Was the Hebrew Bible Translated into Greek?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44886


The translations of the Hebrew scriptures in Greek reveal an ongoing process of interpretation and the subsequent evolution of biblical texts in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Moving away from using the Greek to reconstruct a supposedly original Hebrew text, current research is developing ways to recover the influence of Ptolemaic and Seleucid environments.

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