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The Septuagint Version
The Hebrew reading of Isaiah 53 was adulterated when the Hebrew
Scriptures were translated into Greek. According to the Letter of Aristeas, at least 72 scholars at
The New Testament is based on the Greek text, because the writers did not know Hebrew to quote the Old Testament, so they probably used Acquillas version, and they carried over the mistakes.
In the second century, to meet the demands of both Jews and
Christians, three other Greek versions of the Old Testament were produced, though they
never took the place of the Septuagint. Only
fragmentary remains of them are preserved, chiefly from Origens"Hexapla"
(q.v.). The first and the most original is that of Aquila, a
native of Sinope in Pontus, a proselyte to Judaism, and according to St.
Jerome, a pupil of Rabbi Akiba who taught in the Palestinian
The Gospel writers had no choice to use Acquilla because it was the only available version at that time. Because the Gospels were composed in the 2nd century, they obviously used Acquillas version before other translations appeared. The Church has failed to provide evidence for an earlier date; the Gospels are not mentioned prior to 180 CE.
There is no doubt the Gospel writers distorted Isaiah 53 to make it less Jewish and more Christian, since Acquilla was a proselyte to Judaism, he rejected the Messiah Jesus. Nevertheless, Acquillas version was corrupted, and only fragments exist today.
Theodotion made several corrections to Acqulla, but it was too late, the Gospels had already used Acquillas corrupted Septuagint!
Another Greek version practically contemporaneous with
Isaiah 53: Which one is correct?
The Lord also is pleased to purge him from his stroke. If ye can give an offering for sin, your soul shall see a long-lived seed: the Lord also is pleased to take away from the travail of his soul, to shew him light, and to form him with understanding; to justify the just one who serves many well; and he shall bear their sins. Therefore he shall inherit many, and he shall divide the spoils of the mighty; because his soul was delivered to death: and he was numbered among the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many, and was delivered because of their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:10-12)
And the Lord wished to crush him, He made him ill; if his soul would acknowledge guilt, he shall have descendants [or, he shall see progeny], he shall prolong his days, and Gods purpose shall prosper in his hand. From the toil of his soul he shall see [and he shall] be satisfied; with his knowledge My servant will vindicate the righteous before the multitudes, and their iniquities he shall carry. Therefore, I will allot him a portion among the multitudes, and with the mighty he shall share booty, because he has bared his soul to death, and with transgressors he was counted; and he bore the sin of many, and he will [continue to] to intercede for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:10-12)
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:10-12)
The Christian version contains words which do not appear in the Septuagint:
After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied (Isaiah 53:11, NIV)
Regarding this verse, the footnote states:
Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint Masoretic Text does not have the light of life. 
The Christian scribes inserted the words light of life to support a Christian interpretation, by forgery and deceit.
Strangely, today Christians reject the Septuagint when the New Testament writers used the Greek Septuagint, and the oldest Christian manuscripts are all in Greek!
Here are some relevant facts:
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