Greek or Hebrew

By | June 13, 2017

Did Jesus or any of the Apostles quote the Greek Septuagint instead of the Hebrew Old Testament? Don’t we see evidence of this in the New Testament?

Anonymous

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No, I don’t believe Jesus or the Apostles quoted the Greek Septuagint. Jesus said: Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. The jot or tittle will no wise pass.

The jot is the 10th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and the smallest. It was written above the line and looks sort of like an apostrophe:

The tittle is smaller than the jot and is a letter extension that’s a pen stroke to differentiate one Hebrew letter from another.

You only find the jot and tittle in the Hebrew and they’re not found anywhere the Greek.

You’ll find similarities in what the Lord and the Apostles quoted from the O.T., but still not an exact rendition from the Septuagint. What it boils down to is the Lord didn’t have to quote the Old Testament exactly as the prophets wrote it. It is His word actually and if he said it in a different way, rest assured it still meant exactly the same as was intended. After all, Jesus is the “Word” isn’t he?

Tim

 

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