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Acts 15:16 quoting the Septuagint Amos 9:11-12
I was recently shown "proof" that the Septuagint Amos 9:11-12 was quoted or at least referred to in Acts 15:16-17. The Masoretic text of [list=][/list]
Somehow this question posted before I was done with it. Lamsa's Old Testament for Amos 9:12 has "They shall possess the remnant of Edom, similar to the Masoretic text. I was told the Septuagint has "the rest of mankind will seek the LORD," similar to what is in Acts 15:17. I was wondering if anyone knows if this Septuagint text may have been altered to go along with Acts, or if maybe another Aramaic text has a similar rendering, or maybe another Hebrew text or fragment found in the dead sea scrolls. This seems to be one of the favorite proof texts of Greek primacists.
Any help with a reason that James' quote in Acts 15:16-17 seems to fit better with the LXX than the Masoretic text would be much appreciated. Maybe the Masoretes changed Amos 9:12 because they would rather have had Israel possess the remnant of Edom, than have Gentiles seeking HIM?

Thanks for any help you can give,

Richard Biss
Hi Richard,

I would say that the most likely scenario here is that the Masoretes changed the reading in Amos.

Most Greek Primacists forget that the LXX isn't an original work. It was made from a Hebrew text for this passage in Amos. That Hebrew text before the 70 translators must have read the way they translated in the LXX.

It is just as likely (if not more) that Acts 15:16 is quoting this original Hebrew Amos.

In my opinion, basing the primacy argument on how a passage reads in the MSS vs. LXX is a rather poor example. Especially considering the late age of the MSS, and secondly the source of the LXX being Semitic.


I found a very interesting paper on this topic:

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