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Jeremiah - Septuagint vs Masoretic

Jerry Heath's picture

The clear distinction between the Septuagint and the Masoretic version of Jeremiah is problematic.

The Septuagint is commonly referred to as the Eqyptian version because it is thought that Egypt is where it was translated and the geographic separation with the Palestinian area could explain some of the textual differences with the Masoretic.

The Masoretic is sometimes referred to as the Babylonian version because it was developed by those who returned from Babylon.

In my view the Eqyptian, Septuagint, version of Jeremiah should be more authentic since Jeremiah went with the group that escaped to Eqypt. This group would have a more authoritative version of what Jeremiah wrote.

Jerry Heath

Jerry Heath's picture

Received Text

I took a while to answer because the question bothered me. My "standards" are that we need to know the context of a text. The context of a text is far more important (since the context is the meaning) than the text. Now pedigree is part of the context and KJV has a "good" pedigree. But knowing that pedigree and understanding how it effects "what the text is saying" is part of reading that version and understanding what it means and how it means.