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Why is Proverbs 22:6 omitted in the Septuagint?

Why is Proverbs 22:6 omitted in the Septuagint? I don't see anything offensive about Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.&...
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Rabbinic changes in the Septuagint (Megillah 9a) - facts or fables?

The Gemmarah in Megillah.9a lists a number of changes that the Jewish sages deliberately implemented in the Septuagint: "וְכָתְבוּ לוֹ אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא בְּרֵאשִׁית אֶעֱשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצֶלֶם ...
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Where does Jacob Bernays discuss the creation of the Septuagint?

I'm not sure if this question is on-topic. If not, I would be happy for recommendations on which SE site would be more appropriate. On page 285 of the Hebrew translation of Der Chassidmus (The ...
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A question about King Ptolemy and his wife Arnevet

In connection with the production of the Septuagint at the request of King Ptolemy, the Talmud says: And [in listing unclean animals], instead of writing “And the hare [אַרְנֶבֶת -- arnevet]”, [the ...
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The possible history of Sefer Za'atutei?

I noticed that one of the changes made by the sages that authored Targum Hashiv'im (the LXX) for King Talmai was: "וַיִּשְׁלַח אֶת זַאֲטוּטֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶל זַאֲטוּטֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל ...
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What is the value of the Septuagint for Judaism?

Translations of the Tanach into Aramaic (targumim) have been accepted as authoritative and shed light on the meaning of some Hebrew words and expressions. They are freely used by commentators. But ...
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Additions to Esther

Do any rabbinic sources ( Talmud, geonim, rishonim) talk about the “additions to Esther”found in the Septuagint, regarding its content or it’s authenticity?
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The Rabbis of the Septuagint

I’m familiar with the Talmudic account of the Septuagint, but I would like to know if there are any sources/Midrashim that allude to who the 70 rabbis/scholars were and why THEY were chosen to ...
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Megillah 9a: Translating the Torah to Greek

The Gemara in Megillah 9a tells the story of Ptolemy forcing the sages to translate the Torah. Does anyone know of other accounts of this story. I'm especially curious why Ptolemy had the Sages ...
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Masoretic v Septuagint

Having come across some claims, and some websites, there seems to be a disagreement between the Masoretic and Septuagint scrolls/texts and that one is more or less reliable than the other. Are there ...
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Have any Jewish commentaries been written on the Septuagint?

While a number of Jewish commentaries have been written on Targum Onkelos, Targum Yonasan, Targum Pseudo-Yonasan, and Targum Yerushalmi (see the list in the Targum section at Parshablog, for example), ...
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Which source more accurately depicts Goliath's height?

There appear to be differing accounts about how tall Goliath was. The 1st century historian Josephus, and both The Dead Sea Scrolls texts and 4th century Septuagint texts of Samuel report Goliath as ...
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In Genesis 6:3, How Should the Context Affect Interpretation of "To Contend/Plead"?

Disclaimer: There are A LOT of pieces to this I don't understand, which is making it very difficult to ask: I would appreciate your suggestions! 1. Question : Genesis 6:3 -... My Spirit will not ...
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Why did Judaism stop using the Septuagint?

I heard somewhere (I don't remember the details) that the Septuagint ceased to be read in the Jewish community. Why?
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Is there still a mesora on how to write the Torah in Greek?

Do we still have a mesora for the translation of the Torah into Greek, and if so, is this the LXX/Septuagint commonly used by Gentiles? Do we still have a mesorah for any other seforim into Greek?
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What parts of the Septuagint are and are not reliable?

As noted in this Mi Yodeya discussion, the Greek translation of the Torah was done by 70 rabbis who each separately took identical precautions to avoid giving idolators and minim a chance to misuse ...
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Why was the translation considered a tragedy if it was already translated into 70 languages?

I just read in Parashat ki tavo that the Torah was translated into 70 languages and written on giant stones, yet the Talmud says the translation of the Torah to Greek many years later was considered a ...
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