[b-hebrew] Septuagintal influence on Masoretic Hebrew text

Eric Weiss papaweiss1 at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 13 14:03:34 EDT 2006

In its appendix on manuscripts used for both the Hebrew Scriptures (OT) and 
the Greek (NT) Scriptures, a New Testament I was perusing makes the following 

"The Hebrew version in circulation today, the so-called Massoretic (sic) 
Text, is chiefly a re-translation of the Septuagint into Medieval Hebrew 
that was produced in stages between the 2nd and 9th centuries and upon 
which the Old Testament King James Version is based.... The 
Massoretic (sic) Text is partly a restoration of these six translations 
[i.e., Aquila (A.D. 130), Theodotion (A.D. 180), Symmachus (A.D. 210), 
and the so-called Quinta, Sexta, and Septima (all 3rd century)] as well." 

If I am correctly understanding this, they are saying that the Hebrew Masoretic 
text is in large part a re-translation from a Septuagintal/Greek text. How valid is 
this claim? It's the first time I've heard/read such a thing. If it's a false or 
erroneous claim, where can I find sources/documentation to disprove it?

Eric S. Weiss

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