The First Bible of the Church is Mogens Müller’s research into the shape of the Hebrew Bible at the time of the New Testament, with a special focus on the significance of the Greek translation, the Septuagint. He argues that the Septuagint and its reception in the early Church should give it a level of authority on par with the Hebrew Bible. This fact is especially important because the Septuagint is extensively used in the New Testament writings, whereby it—and not the Hebrew Bible—is the most obvious candidate for the title of the first Bible of the Church.
Mogens Müller’s fascinating book is a critical exploration into the history of the Septuagint, as well as being a significant addition to the debate over its importance to the formation of the New Testament. With Logos Bible Software, this book is completely searchable, with passages of scripture appearing on mouse-over, as well as being linked to Greek and Hebrew texts and English translations in your library.
All in all, this work adds to the growing awareness of the importance of Septuagintal studies not only for studying the early church but also for modern-day interpreters of the Bible, as new translations of the Septuagint into English are being prepared for publication by the turn of the millennium.
—Society of Biblical Literature - Emerson B. Powery
Mogens Müller has been Professor in New Testament at the University of Copenhagen since 1982. He is the author of The Expression ‘Son of Man’ in the Gospels (1984), The First Bible of the Church: A Plea for the Septuagint (1996) and articles on the reception of the Old Testament in the New.