It Is Written ... Where"

Speaker: Categories: Nov 12, 2005


[57min, 26sec / 48min, 40sec]


How often and on what occasions do you recall hearing or seeing the words,It is written... other than the name for a popular SDA telecast? Did you on some of these occasions wonder at all just where"it"was written? In recent years have you come to understand differently the sources referred to by such words? To what extent, if any, did such new understandings challenge your faith, at least the faith which you might have held dear in the not-too-distant past?

Dr. Taylor indicates:"These days most Bibles contain only the Old Testament and the New Testament, so Matthew immediately follows Malachi, leaving too many people unaware that 400+ years separate these two books. Consequently, it is usually assumed that when NT writers quote the OT, they are quoting from the Hebrew Bible. When the author of 1 Maccabees looked for a starting point for his account, he chose the conquests of Alexander, since they changed the entire ancient near east. Shock waves from the spread of Hellenism were felt in the sheltered hills of Judea and the sacred City of David. In the struggle to maintain the status quo, much blood was shed, and so many were driven from their homes that we speak of the Diaspora, the dispersion. In Alexandria, the new Jewish community dared to dream and from that came the first translation of a major work from one language to another, the Septuagint (LXX)."

"Recently,"the SDAF November presenter notes,"both NT and LXX scholars began carefully thinking through the implications of all of this."Dr. Taylor's presentation will address the core issues and how they impact our understanding of Scripture today.

So, the challenge of departing from the good ol'King James may be further intensified when pondering just how even that venerable, tried-and-true translation (for the masses) might have been tainted by the translation millennia ago of the language of the writer(s) into the language of the realm, i.e., Greek.


For the past 15 years Bernard Taylor has been scholar-in-residence at Loma Linda University Church. His doctorate is from Hebrew Union College, the home of Reform Judaism in Cincinnati, OH, and his area of specialty is Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, with emphases in Septuagint studies and biblical lexicography. Some of his current assignments are: editor of theBulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, co-chair of the biblical lexicography section of the Society of Biblical Literature, and secretary of the Pacific Union Conference Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He has published six academic books and more than a dozen articles in scholarly books and journals. While on sabbatical this past summer, he completed his translation assignment of 1, 2 Samuel and 1 Kings for theNew English Translation of the Septuagint, which will be published next year by Oxford University Press. In addition to his professional endeavors, he loves to spend time with his two granddaughters.

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