hexapla

hexapla

[hek-suh-pluh]
noun (often initial capital letter)
an edition of a book, especially the Old Testament, containing six versions or texts in parallel columns, especially the edition compiled by Origen.

Origin:
1600–10; < Greek Hexaplâ (title of Origen's edition), neuter plural of hexaploûs, hexaplóos sixfold, equivalent to hexa- hexa- + -ploûs, -ploos -fold

hexaplar, hexaplaric [hek-suh-plar-ik] , hexaplarian [hek-suh-plair-ee-uhn] , adjective
posthexaplar, adjective
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hexapla (ˈhɛksəplə)
 
n
an edition of the Old Testament compiled by Origen, containing six versions of the text
 
[C17: from Greek hexaploos sixfold]
 
'hexaplar
 
adj
 
hexaplaric
 
adj
 
hexaplarian
 
adj

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hexapla

(Greek: "Sixfold"), edition of the Old Testament compiled by Origen of Alexandria in Caesarea, Palestine, before AD 245. The Hexapla presented for comparison the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the Hebrew text in Greek characters, and the Greek versions of Aquila, Symmachus, the Septuagint, and Theodotian in six parallel columns. For some books, including the Psalms, Origen presented as many as three additional Greek texts from unknown sources. In the column devoted to the Septuagint version, he indicated by the use of critical symbols the variations that occurred in Hebrew and Greek renditions.

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