Debunking the Septuagint
The Septuagint (or LXX) is a translation of the Old Testament (Hebrew) into the Greek, and was supposedly used by Jesus and the apostles.
However that's not the case at all, e.g. why would Jesus and the apostles quote from a Greek Bible to the Hebrew speaking Jews?
It's also a mistake to say there is only one Septuagint, whereas in reality there are several versions (that all disagree).
There are thousands of differences between the Masoretic Text, and the Septuagint Text.
Some have suggested that the Septuagint is older, and is therefore more correct, but that's not true. The reason the Septuagint manuscripts are older, is because they weren't used as often, and therefore weren't replaced as often.
To debunk the Septuagint, all we need to do is look at Genesis for the age of Methuselah at the time of Flood.
|Masoretic Text||Septuagint Text|
|Birth of Lamech||And Methuselah lived an 187, and begat Lamech.||And Mathusala lived an 167, and begot Lamech.|
|Birth of Noah||And Lamech lived an 182 years, and begat a son.||And Lamech lived an 188 years, and begot a son.|
|Age of Noah at the Flood||And Noah was 600 years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.||And Noe was 600 years old when the flood of water was upon the earth.|
|Age of Methsulah at the Flood||187 + 182 + 600 = 969||167 + 188 + 600 = 955|
|Age of Methsulah||And all the days of Methuselah were 969 years: and he died.||And all the days of Mathusala which he lived, were 969 years, and he died.|
|Conclusion||Methsulah died before the Flood||Methsulah died 14 years after the Flood|
According to the Masoretic Text, Methsulah died just before the Flood.
According to the Septuagint Text however, Methsulah died 14 years after the Flood. This is a huge error because only Noah and his family ever went into the Ark and lived.
I just can't see Moses making this kind of mistake while writing Genesis. There's just no way.
Interestingly enough, Methsulah's name actually means "his death shall bring [the Flood]". That to me makes perfect sense when viewed from the Masoretic Text.
Another thing the Septuagint does is add 100's to some of the genealogies.
|Masoretic Text||Septuagint Text|
|And Salah lived 30 years, and begat Eber.||And Sala lived an 130 years, and begot Heber.|
To me it makes no sense for people to have children when they're well over a hundred. Why leave it so late?
Also, these changes quickly add up, and now the Septuagint Text is 586 years out just in Genesis alone. (Other versions/people say it's 650 years out)
So yeah, it's not looking too good for the Septuagint at all. In fact, it's rubbish.
The motive? Well, it has been said that the Greek believed that the world was older than the Bible says it is. So therefore, the translators increased the numbers a bit.
If you wish to learn more about the Septuagint (and all that's wrong with it), please check out the links below.
- The Fictitious Use of the so-called Greek Septuagint
- The Septuagint: A critical analysis
- Was There a BC Septuagint? (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
David Daniels (an expert on the King James Bible) essentially concludes in his video series, that Jesus and the apostles were not quoting from the Septuagint. That' shuge. To see his conclusion, just click here.
It can now be seen that the Septuagint is a deliberate attempt to discredit the Word of God (by mixing truth with error).