Oldest Greek translation of Hebrew scriptures
(3rd-2nd c. BCE) that
became the standard version used in Hellenistic synagogues & early
churches. The name -- regularly abbreviated as LXX --
was from the popular legend that this was the work of 70 (or 72) sages
who translated the Jewish Bible for the Hellenistic Egyptian monarch,
Ptolemy II Philadelphus. Since this translation was made centuries
before the canon of the Hebrew Bible was set, it contained a number of
Jewish works that were eventually excluded from the Hebrew Bible. Among
["hidden"] works are:
[Edition used: Rahlfs, Alfred, ed. Septuaginta.
Stuttgart: Deutsche Biblestiftung, 1935].
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