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Friday, May 24, 2013

Difference concerning the number of books of Old Testaments:


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Difference concerning the number of books of Old Testaments:

Now concerning the difference in the number of books of Old Testaments:

The Jews were a scattered race ever after the Babylonian captivity. Alexander the Great conquered Persian Empire and reached upto India. 

He imposed Greek language as means to attain cohesion, which wrought considerable impacts on the life and thoughts of Jews (323 BC). Greek Language thereafter flourished. 

Before his premature death, he divided his empire to his generals, who later became kings in their respective territories. Palestine came under the rule of Ptolemies of Egypt under a treaty from 301-198 BC. Ptolomy II Philadelphus (283-246) in a bid to please Jews, ordered translation of Sacred Books he found in Alexandria and appointed 72 men (6 from each tribe) for the purpose and this came to be known as ‘The LXX’ (Septuagint means seventy). Jewish council met at the end of first century AD, canonized 39 books that were originally written in Hebrew.


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