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Bible, 06: Septuagint/Old Greek
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Uncertainties about the history of the translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek are responsible for lack of precision in what is meant by the term Septuagint. It is generally agreed that the Pentateuch was translated in Egypt early during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285/282–246 BCE), possibly around 280 BCE according to good patristic testimony, but certainly by 250 BCE (Collins, 1992, 403–503; Hon…

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Gentry, Peter J., “Bible, 06: Septuagint/Old Greek”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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