Usually the Alexandrian translation of the Law of Moses combined with a regionally done copy of the Holy Writings and the Prophets, is called the Septuagint in a non-technical sense. BUT, there is no reliable evidence that the Septuagint as it is known and published today, did* exist in the pre-Christ world.
Yes, well, nobody said it did. What was said is that Christ and the NT authors quoted passages from the Septuagint, i.e. Greek translations of various parts of the Law and Prophets. Then you went off on a titanic conspiracy theory which posited back translations to account for verses that are more similar to the Greek translation/s than the Hebrew.
If there is no evidence that a pre-Christ LXX – a complete and standard version – existed, how else say it? I think it clear from all of the above that I am not denying at least a copy of the Pentateuch, and some other portions of the prophets did exist (we have reports of this), but the actual documents, or copies thereof, are no longer extant, and the Septuagint which does exist today is certainly not the same as whatever may have existed in the past.
Who said otherwise? The question is whether the NT authors quoted exclusively from the Hebrew, and that's not the case.
When you disparage “The Trail of Blood” (of which I had not heard before), it makes me wonder
Which is really typical of your methodology. You admit you are unfamiliar with the subject matter and then post a really, really long opinion.
(along with your evading the simple question about Catholics & their orthodoxy – apart from “technical ecclesiastical definitions”).
No evasion here. I'm trying to get you to not use personal language. If Catholics and Lutherans and Russian Orthodox hold to the Ecumenical Councils we call them lower case "o" orthodox. What's there to evade?
Yes, as are many of the third of a billion or so who prefer the Septuagint to the Hebrew as their OT. So?These “Fundies” you seem to disdain (and, yes, your patronizing “amusement...often tinged with contempt” – is quite evident) are our brothers and sisters in Christ, with whom we shall spend eternity in the Kingdom.
Although you will not own it, they are the ones carrying the torch of loyalty to God’s preserved Word ever since our own mighty and beloved (for such he is) Warfield sought to douse it in the waters of rationalist doubt.
Sorry. I post on a Fundie site, and respect the people, but there's just no comparison when it comes to responsible scholarship between Fundies and those of the Reformed tradition. I'm perhaps chauvinistic, but they don't hold a candle to us.
You are saying that Jude quoted the apocryphal “Book of Enoch”?
Yes, he did. And no, it doesn't mean that the whole of that Book was inspired.