The History of Christianity #9
Our Scripture verse today is Galatians 4:4 which reads: "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law."
Our quote today is from Tertullian. He said, "The more often we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed."
Today, we are discussing "The Fullness of Time" (Part 7) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
In any case, the Septuagint was of enormous importance to the early church. It is the version of scripture quoted by most New Testament authors, and it profoundly influenced the formation of early Christian vocabulary - including the very name of "Christ," which was the Septuagint word for "Anointed One" or "Messiah." When the early Christians began their missionary spread, they used the Septuagint as a ready-made means of arguing with the more traditional Jews who did not accept their teachings, and also as a means of communicating their message to the Gentiles. For this and other reasons, the Jewish community produced other versions that were not as readily suitable for Christian use, and, in effect, left the church in sole possession of the Septuagint.
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