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The LXX Myth and the Rise of Textual Fixity*

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Abstract This brief study investigates the desire for a fixed textual form as it pertains to scripture in the Judean tradition. It particularly delves into this phenomenon in three early versions of the Septuagint origin myth. This paper argues that this myth is invaluable for the study of transmission and reception of scripture, as it is one of the earliest testimonies to the desire for a scriptural text to be frozen. By highlighting the ways the author of the Letter of Aristeas, Philo, and Josephus deal with the issue of textual fixity in the origin myth, this study aims to elucidate the range of opinions held by Judeans concerning the process of transmission of their holy books.

Affiliations: 1: Lutheran Theological Seminary (Hong Kong) 50 To Fung Shan Road, Shatin Hong Kong archaeology@gmail.com

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