One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The first seven books of the Bible (Genesis to Judges) collectively.
- ‘His contribution to the Heptateuch translation appears to have been Genesis chapters 1-24, the second half of Numbers, and all that there is of Joshua.’
- ‘The rest of the Heptateuch compilation has traditionally be assigned to a single 'anonymous translator', who may also have been the compiler.’
Late 17th century: via late Latin from Greek heptateukhos, from hepta ‘seven’ + teukhos ‘book, volume’.
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