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Does anyone know what Bible early Christians used?

I need help with a homework question. What version of the Hebrew Bible did early Christians use? I know that the Old Testament is part of this Bible, and the New Testament is part of the Christian Bible. Would this be a Greek version?? I am just confused & don't know much about the history of Christianity.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:46 PM on Feb. 11, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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    Answer by Anonymous at 6:57 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • They used a version called the Septuagint or LXX for short, it was written in Koine Greek which was the langauage of business/education back then. See many Jews outside of Judea forgot Hebew and needed a Greek version to read in Synagogue and for scripture study and so between 3 BCE and 1 BCE scholars translated Hebrew scriptures into Greek. One big reason we know that this was the scripture used by the early Christians is because when the OT is quoted in the NT, scholars can trace it back to the Septuagint.

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:48 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • As for the NT - it took centuries for there to be a determination of the canon of the NT (the list of books that would be included in the NT).

    Here's a couple of timelines.


    Answer by eringobrough at 7:52 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • very early Christians did not use a bible as it wasn't yet printed, just word of mouth stories.

    the first printed bible was in the 1450's by Gutenberg

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:11 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • The Old Testament.

    Answer by Lexylex at 10:59 PM on Feb. 11, 2010

  • Yes the OT (but not the Protestant OT, that one is missing seven books and missing parts of the books of Daniel and Esther that the early Christians used. Those writings are included in the Catholic OT). They also used various early Christian writings as Scripture (meaning they read them during services and studied them). Some of those writings went on to be formally part of the Bible and others were not. Do research on the "canon" of the bible - how it was determined which books would be included in the bible. That might help you with your homework.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

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