Septuagint


Sep·tu·a·gint

noun \sep-ˈtü-ə-jənt, -ˈtyü-; ˈsep-tə-wə-ˌjint\

Definition of SEPTUAGINT

:  a Greek version of the Jewish Scriptures redacted in the third and second centuries b.c. by Jewish scholars and adopted by Greek-speaking Christians
Sep·tu·a·gin·tal \(ˌ)sep-ˌtü-ə-ˈjin-təl, -ˌtyü-; ˌsep-tə-wə-\ adjective

Origin of SEPTUAGINT

Late Latin Septuaginta, from Latin, seventy, irregular from septem seven + -ginta (akin to Latin viginti twenty); from the approximate number of its translators — more at seven, vigesimal
First Known Use: 1633

Septuagint

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Earliest extant Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures from the original Hebrew, presumably made for the use of the Jewish community in Egypt when Greek was the lingua franca. The Pentateuch was translated near the middle of the 3rd century BC; the rest of the Hebrew scriptures were translated in the 2nd century BC. The name Septuagint was derived from a legend that 72 translators worked on the project. Its influence was far-reaching. The Septuagint rather than the original Hebrew Bible was the main basis for the Old Latin, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Georgian, Slavonic, and some Arabic translations of the Bible.

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