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This chapter begins with a few comments about terminology of the Septuagint in order. Most scholars agree that it is more accurate to use the term “Septuagint” and its standard abbreviation “LXX” to refer only to the books of the Pentateuch. The other books are better described as the Old Greek (OG). Inasmuch as the Greek translation of Genesis can accurately be termed the LXX, it is referred to throughout this commentary by the abbreviation LXX-G. Other books outside the Pentateuch are referred to by the abbreviation LXX/OG to highlight the complicated origin and text history of the set of Greek scriptures known as the Septuagint.

Keywords: Christian; Codex Alexandrinus; English language commentary; Greek Genesis; Hebrew Vorlage; Septuagint; theological points

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