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How possible is it that the Septuagint / LXX wasn't specifically quoted in the NT?

It is highly unlikely. I will address the OP's commentary/questions in turn: The reason why I ask this is because I can't really seem to find much proof of the age of the Septuagint. I offer the ...
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Was each "Book" of the Old Testament on a separate scroll prior to the second century A.D.?

The answer appears to be «usually» but «with some exceptions», and also «the experts aren't completely sure». We can divide the sources adduced into indirect evidence (references to scrolls in ...
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What are arguments for the divine inspiration of the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20)?

The following is quoted from this article at the Early Church History website which outlines the very early attestation of the longer ending of Mark: Irenaeus, Justin, Tatian and Hippolytus were very ...
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How many New Testament Manuscripts do we have from the period between the first century and the fourth century?

How many early New Testament manuscripts do we have? You ask about the first four centuries, until about 400 AD. I am inclined to initially answer through 300 AD, because I believe that period is ...
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Recommendations for Ancient Greek NT "versions"

The Nestle-Aland/UBS text is standard. This is an edited text which shows what the editors think the original text was most likely to be based on the evidence they have researched. The NA and UBS ...
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What did the original Christian writings look like during the 1st century CE?

The earliest Biblical manuscripts were almost certainly written on papyrus. We know of over 130 Biblical papyri dating from the second to the eighth century. These were written in majuscule case, and ...
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Recommendations for Ancient Greek NT "versions"

The Englishman's Greek New Testament, available widely, has the Stephens Text of 1550 and an interlinear, literal, English translation. It is one of a few almost identical Greek texts which are ...
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Did the Catholic Church proscribe private ownership and reading of scripture?

Laypeople owned Books of the Hours and illuminated manuscripts of Holy Scripture before the printing press. (See the "Manuscript" Catholic Encyclopedia article for the history of manuscripts and ...
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Introduction to Greek Texts; Byzantine vs. Alexandrian

The above resources are indeed excellent surveys of the issues surrounding textual criticism of the bible. A couple of extra points are worth noting: (1) The question asks about the textual history of ...
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Did the ante-Nicene Church fathers write in uncials?

It's impossible to tell whether the original manuscripts (the autographs) of any given sacred text were written in one hand, or the other, since as far as we are able to tell, none have survived ...
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Where does the book of Job come from?

As to your question regarding origins, we do not know the author or the means of revelation of the book of Job. What we do know is that there is an ancient tradition including the book in Hebrew ...
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Did the Catholic Church proscribe private ownership and reading of scripture?

The Church has never proscribed private possession, reading, or translation of the Bible (and indeed the Douay-Rheims Bible, long the standard Catholic English translation, was published before the ...
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Are there any bundles of subsets of the New Testament that are common?

Are there any bundles of subsets of the New Testament that are common? Catholic Bibles are divided into 5 subsets for the New Testament. The Catholic New Testament is composed 27 books of the New ...
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What lost bible commentary did St. Thomas Aquinas want more than an entire kingdom?

William of Tocco, O.P., Life of St. Thomas Aquinas (1323): The First Biography of the Angelic Doctor ch. 42, p. 150, translation of Ystoria sancti Thome de Aquino pp. 176-7: when they first saw the ...
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What do Christians pay attention to in order to decide if a given piece of text or manuscript is divinely inspired?

From a Catholic Church point of view, it pays attention to its "teaching magisterium". (Emphasis mine throughout.) III. THE INTERPRETATION OF THE HERITAGE OF FAITH The heritage of faith ...
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Does the Codex Amiatinus exist online anywhere in *text* format?

I have found a text copy on The Internet Archive, but the text appears to be an OCR rendering from scanned images—its quality is very uneven, to say the least.
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Where can I find the 5800 Greek NT Manuscript copies?

Who said we can't locate these manuscripts?! Wikipedia actually has a pretty thorough set of lists of NT manuscripts: List of New Testament papyri (136) List of New Testament uncials (322) List of ...
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How do Bible scholars view the accuracy and reliability of the Aleppo Codex?

The Aleppo Codex is a bound manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, written by scribes called Masoretes in Tiberias, Israel, around 930 C.E. They surfaced in Aleppo, Syria, sometime in the second half of the ...
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Who was the intended audience for the Book of Matthew?

Even if Matthew's gospel account was written initially in Hebrew, there are no autographs of any of the books of the Bible, so we could never know. The oldest available manuscript copies of Matthew ...
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Where does the book of Job come from?

There are suggestions that Uz is in central Syria, north of Israel, because of a genealogy in Genesis 10:23, but hard evidence for its location is not so readily available. Reference to attacks by ...
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Which manuscript was the LDS Book of Moses translated from?

This is from an article in the Church Magazine The Ensign published January 1986 The material constituting the eight chapters of the book of Moses is an extract from Joseph Smith’s translation of ...
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What are arguments for the divine inspiration of the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20)?

A. It was quoted by early Church fathers. The versus in question were quoted by Irenaeus, Justin, Tatian and Hippolytus in the second century AD [1]. While manuscripts from these authors don't predate ...
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What's the Greek manuscripts of John with the oldest discovery date?

My hunch is that you'll find older manuscripts in religious institutions rather than academic libraries. Those housed in national or academic libraries were frequently purchased by archaeologists, ...
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What is the translation methodology for the Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)?

Yes, it was translated from the ancient manuscripts. The preface of my copy of the NVI is also available online, "Historia de la NVI". I'll quote and translate key sections of that article ...
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Some questions concerning Aramaic in the Old Testament

Daniel Chapter 2 from the second part of verse 4 through the end of Chapter 7 is in written in the Aramaic language and with same script as the Hebrew scriptures. There are several less substantial ...
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Where did Erasmus get his Byzantine text(s) and what connections did the Waldenses have if any?

About the middle of the 15th century a series of events began to transform Europe, leading up to Erasmus and his translation work. These events had to do with Greek manuscripts of the New Testament '...
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What did Papias mean when he wrote how Mark did not write "in order" about what Jesus said or did?

Papias is quoting a first-century Christian Elder in defending the Gospel of Mark against critics. Apparently, already by this time, some were criticizing the Gospel of Mark because it was not ...
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Catholic - What are the best arguments for Mark 16:9-20 being Inspired scripture?

This is as big (bigger) problem for Protestants than it is for Roman Catholics - for very different theological reasons. In the Protestant church it can simply be omitted, but it isn't. It's the same ...
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What is the take of Catholic Church on Codex Gigas?

What is the take of Catholic Church on Codex Gigas? The Codex Gigas is I believe the largest extant medieval illuminated manuscript in the world. This manuscript is also known as the ”Devil's Bible” ...
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