Does the New Testament Distort the Tanakh by Corrupting the Greek Septuagint?

Does the New Testament Distort the Tanakh by Corrupting the Greek Septuagint?

When comparing passages of the Hebrew Old Testament Jewish Bible that we possess today with the direct quotations of these texts found in the New Testament, notable textual differences can be seen.  Despite the evidence that the message found in the manuscripts of both the Old and New Testaments have been preserved regardless of textual variations, Jewish rabbis assert that these variations found in the New Testament’s quotations of the Old Testament (Jewish Bible, Tanakh) were deceptively added to the Greek translation of the Old Testament (Septuagint) in order to distort the Old Testament’s message and point to Yeshua (Jesus Christ) as being the true Messiah. While Jewish rabbis claim that these differences are the result of Christian corruption to the text of the Jewish Hebrew Bible, biblical scholars note that these differences agree with the Greek Septuagint Bible of the early Christian church, which was completed by Jewish translators prior to the first century. Since the Septuagint serves as the basis of 75-90% of the New Testament’s citations of the Old Testament, many Christian scholars assert that these differences were either the result of Jewish translators interpolations to the text of the Septuagint, or differences in the original Hebrew manuscripts utilized by the Jewish translators of the Septuagint, and not the result of Christian distortion to the text of Scripture.

For more information, see:

Masoretic Text vs. Original Hebrew –

Did Christ quote from the Septuagint? –

A Brief History of the Septuagint –

What Is the Septuagint? Discusses many differences in the text –

Reject Jesus for Judaism? – Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig –

Dead Sea Scrolls-Septuagint Alignments Against the Masoretic TextClick Here for a PDF of this list.


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