Monday, February 10, 2014

LXX Amos 4:13

LXX Amos 4:13 For, behold, I am he that strengthens the thunder, and creates the wind, and proclaims to men his Christ, forming the morning and the darkness, and mounting on the high places of the earth, The Lord God Almighty is his name.

I hope in the next few weeks highlight why it is essential for New Testament studies to major in the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Old Testament. In the above Amos 4's text, we have the reading of God announcing his anointed one (Christ) among men in the LXX text, something not found in the Hebrew MT. Is this another proto-messianic text of the OT? The LXX translated around 250 BC evidences an increasing interest in the coming Messiah as it would suggest or possibly the LXX translates from an older Hebrew tradition or vorlage than the MT.

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