Summary: The Septuagint presents the Messiah as God incarnate, whose bodily sacrifice is the means for our salvation. The New Testament quotes the Septuagint (LXX) and not the Masoretic Text (MT) upon which all Protestant Bibles rely for the Old Testament. The MT obscures, intentionally, the mission of the Messiah and the nature of His Person. Salvation is not by faith in the Son of God, but by following the Law. Therefore, the Messiah is a rock of stumbling for those who do not believe. However, He is the rock of our salvation, for both Gentiles and for Jews, who … Read More
Summary: There were three Roman-Jewish Wars between 66 A.D. and 135 A.D. The second Temple, Herod’s Temple, was destroyed by Titus in 70 A.D. But two other wars would follow even more devastating than the first. The Jews had proven to be Rome’s worst citizens driven by an apocalyptic vision that they lived in the days of Messiah. Jesus was rejected by Jewish leaders in 33 A.D. But exactly 100 years later, the new spiritual leader of Judaism, Rabbi Akiba, endorsed Simon Bar Kokhba as King Messiah. Akiba would create a completely new Judaism. Akiba hated Jesus of Nazareth and … Read More
KJV ONLY Confessional Bibliology, Not KJV ONLY Fundamentalism, Is Worthy of Repute
Summary: There is a right way to argue that the King James Bible is the Bible that Protestants should use. Not everyone will agree with it. I am not perfectly comfortable either. However, the viewpoint offered by those who call themselves “confessional bibliologists” have a strong case to make and deserve a careful hearing. They have the reasoning of Martin Luther and John Calvin to support them. Identified here is what they assert and why it is materially different from the quackery and demagoguery of fundamentalist… Read More
Within evangelicalism is a sizeable group of believers who assert that the King James Version (KJV) is the only version of the Bible that should be used by Bible-believing Christians. They argue this point for a number of reasons which we will explore in a series of posts over the next week or two. The first topic we will consider here is why KJV-ONLY advocates so ardently contend for one and only one Bible, the 1611 Authorized Version (KJV).
In essence, the issue is that this collection of believers affirm the KJV is an inspired translation, and not only that, … Read More
Does the Septuagint provide confirmation or contradiction to Hebrew Old Testament history?
In writing REBOOTING THE BIBLE, some might suppose I am arguing that the Bible makes historical errors and therefore needs to be scrubbed of inaccuracies. That is the opposite of my message. In fact, the Septuagint is a witness that can correct any minor mistakes that have been made in the Masoretic text.
While this article doesn’t make note that the Septuagint fragments and manuscripts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) usually favor the Septuagint’s version, mos differences in the LXX and the MT aren’t material with … Read More