|Information about the primary sources I used for this site:|
The three primary books I have used for the Biblical aspects of this site are the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible, the Tanakh, and the Septuagint. I have provided a little information about these books below. The prophecies were all written at least 400 years before Jesus was born, and a number of them seem to point to him. I have provided these prophecies as written by all three of these books.
- ESV Bible: This is a copy of the Christian Bible. According to the ESV website, ‘The English Standard Version (ESV) is an “essentially literal” translation of the Bible in contemporary English. Created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors, the ESV Bible emphasizes “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning.’
- Tanakh: If you ask a Jewish scholar about the Old Testament, he may get angry. This is because the Jews do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and therefore believe that the book Christians call the Old Testament is the only testament from God. The Jewish name for this book is the Tanakh. The Old Testament and the Tanakh are identical in most respects, but they have interpreted certain words differently. For this book, I have used the Hebrew-English Tanakh, published by the Jewish Publication Society in the year 2011.
3. Septuagint: The Septuagint is the oldest known translation of the Tanakh from Hebrew. This translation is said to have been created by 72 Jewish scholars (6 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel), although this is most likely just a legend. The first five books of the Septuagint were translated about 300 B.C., and the remaining books were translated over the next 200 years. Because the translations were complete over 100 years before Jesus was born, they do not include any Christian or Jewish prejudices that may have arisen after Jesus was born. This makes it a good source of comparison between the Christian’s Old Testament and the Jewish Tanakh.