The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon

The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon
Author: Martin Hengel
Published: July 1st 2004 by Baker Academic
Goodreads Rating: 3.55
ISBN10: 080102790X
Genre: Religion
Language English
Pages: 153
ISBN13: 9780801027901

In this work, world-renowned scholar Martin Hengel laments that so few people (including scholars) appreciate the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament), considering it a "mere translation." By contrast, Hengel recognizes the Septuagint's historical and theological value, noting that it is the first complete and pre-Christian commentary on the Old Testament. "The Septuagint as Christian Scripture" focuses on a key question: How did this collection of Jewish writings in the Greek language become the authoritative Old Testament Scripture in the Christian church? In the process of answering this question, Hengel touches on the development of the canon and the relationship between church fathers and Scripture.