Septuagint and Apocrypha

  • Heb. 10:5 is quoted from the Septuagint version of Psalm 40:6.
  • Acts 7:14 says that 75 people came from Canaan into Egypt. The Massoretic text says 70, and the Septuagint says 75 which is in agreement with Gen. 46:27.
  • Is. 7:14 in the Septuagint says virgin while the Massoretic text says young maiden.
  • The earliest copies of the Septuagint (codex Alexandrinus and codex Siniaticus) from the 4th and 5th centuries contain the Apocrypha.
  • Clement of Rome (30-100), Polycarp (65-155), Irenaeus (120-202), Clement of Alexandria (155-217), and Origen (185-254) all quote from the Apocrypha.
  • The oldest manuscripts containing substantial quotes from the Massoretic text still in existence date from the 9th century. The earliest complete manuscript is from the 10th century.
  • The Massoretic text was copied and edited by a group of Jews called the Massoretes between the 7th and 9th centuries A.D.
  • The Massoretic text was decided upon by the Pharisees in the council of Jamnia in 70 A.D.