Saturday, January 11, 2014

Paul Did Not Read Your ESV Old Testament (or your KJV one!)

I am continually surprised, but also not, by the assumption that the NT authors quoted the same Old Testament version that is neatly bound in our ESV (for example - many others too - NIV, NASB, NSRV, NKJV, KJV, etc).  He, and most the other New Testament authors, actually used the Greek translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint.  This is one of the symptoms for why at times the quotation in the New does not hold a 1:1 correlation to the corresponding passage in the Old.

However, I am equally surprised, but also not, that pastors do not address this assumption.  It may be a good thing to do, pastors.  It is an easy way to guard your congregants from being easily
undercut!  But it is probably quite likely with the amount of uneducated pastors, or pastors with a degree who did not pay attention in seminary, that this simple fact is unknown to this population as well!

That being said, my friend Chris Fresch posts on this topic, using a Pauline passage that quotes the OT as an example.  It is a good thing to look at.  See it here.  

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