HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
ONLY THE SEPTUAGINT OLD TESTAMENT TEXT IS INSPIRED BY GOD
Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.
THE ORTHODOX BIBLE IS OLDER THAN THE
JEWISH TORAH, THE PROTESTANT BIBLE
AND OLDER THAN THE CATHOLIC BIBLE
THE PROTESTANTS AND ROMAN CATHOLICS USE THE MASORETIC OLD TESTAMENT TEXT
WHICH IS NOT INSPIRED OF GOD. ONLY THE SEPTUAGINT IS INSPIRED TRUE SCRIPTURE
The Hebrew Text that has served as the basis for most translations of the Old Testament into English is based almost entirely on the Leningrad Codex, which dates from 1008 A.D. In comparison to the textual evidence that we have for the New Testament Greek text, this is a very late manuscript. It is an example of the Masoretic recension, which is usually dated to have been shaped between the 6th and 10th centuries
A.D. This is well after the Septuagint was translated 3300 years before the Incarnation of Christ our Lord.
According to Christian tradition, the non-Christian Jews began making changes in the Old Testament text to undercut the Christian use of Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of Christ. In any case, the Hebrew Text that we now have was preserved outside the Church. The Septuagint text was
preserved within the Church, and so the Church believes that the text of the Old Testament has been authoritatively preserved in these textual traditions.
Protestants and Roman Catholics use the Masoretic Text which deletes parts of the Septuagint Text and adds to the Old Testament sentences that are nowhere found in the Septuagint. The Septuagint text is the text that the Church has preserved. The Masoretic text is a text that has not been preserved by the church. We have the promise that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all Truth (John 16:13), and so we affirm that
“Our Church holds the infallible and genuine
deposit of the Holy Scriptures”
(“Encyclical of the Eastern Patriarchs” of 1848).