When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible

Paperback | July 17, 2013

byTimothy Michael Law

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Most readers do not know about the Bible used almost universally by early Christians, or about how that Bible was birthed, how it grew to prominence, and how it differs from the one used as the basis for most modern translations. Although it was one of the most important events in the historyof our civilization, the translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek in the third century BCE is an event almost unknown outside of academia. Timothy Michael Law offers the first book to make this topic accessible to a wider audience. Retrospectively, we can hardly imagine the history of Christian thought, and the history of Christianity itself, without the Old Testament. When the Emperor Constantine adopted the Christian faith, his fusion of the Church and the State ensured that the Christian worldview (which by this time hadabsorbed Jewish ideals that had come to them through the Greek translation) would leave an imprint on subsequent history. This book narrates in a fresh and exciting way the story of the Septuagint, the Greek Scriptures of the ancient Jewish Diaspora that became the first Christian OldTestament.

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Most readers do not know about the Bible used almost universally by early Christians, or about how that Bible was birthed, how it grew to prominence, and how it differs from the one used as the basis for most modern translations. Although it was one of the most important events in the historyof our civilization, the translation of the ...

Timothy Michael Law is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Marginalia Review of Books. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Oxford from 2009-2012 and is Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany until 2014. He has published more than two-dozen articles and is author ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199781729

ISBN - 13:9780199781720

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Table of Contents

1. Why this Book?2. When the World Became Greek3. Was There a Bible before the Bible?4. The First Bible Translators5. Gog and his Not-so-Merry Grasshoppers6. Bird Droppings, Stoned Elephants, and Exploding Dragons7. E Pluribus Unum8. The Septuagint behind the New Testament9. The Septuagint in the New Testament10. The New Old Testament11. God's Word for the Church12. The Man of Steel and the Man who Worshipped the Sun13. The Man with the Burning Hand vs. the Man with the Honeyed Sword14. A PostscriptNotesIndex