I believe we largely agree. I do prefer the LXX in most every situation.
This would probably be the area where any future discussion between us would take place as this overstates the text-critical value of LXX, which as a collection of Greek translations (and even a few new compositions in Greek) is uneven. Slavishly literal translations in some books, which are helpful in reconstructing the conjectured Hebrew Vorlagen
, give way to paraphrasing in other books. There is also the matter of mixed text types, such as the Old Greek and Kaige
sections in Reigns... the former is extremely valuable, the latter not so much since it reflects revision toward a Hebrew text now found in MT. Then there are the obvious secondary elements in LXX such as double translations and large additions to books such as Esther and Daniel. I think it best to leave the evaluation of LXX as a valuable witness to the earliest recoverable forms of some books of the Hebrew Bible.
The issue I have is with people who believe they can only know the OT through the Hebrew language.
Agreed... this position ignores entirely the importance of LXX in textual criticism of Israel's sacred writings.
All the extant source manuscripts we have today are derivative works. The Hebrew of the MT isn't the Hebrew of Moses or even David. The derivative Hebrew manuscripts we have today can easily be considered translations themselves.
This takes seriously linguistic analyses of the Hebrew both internally and in comparison to epigraphic evidence, but we draw quite different conclusions from it. For example, while you appear to see the Pentateuch -- which aside from a few archaic sections in Genesis 49, Exodus 15 and Deuteronomy 33 reflects Hebrew of the kingdom period -- as heavily reworked into this later form of Hebrew whereas I see it as written at this later time. Kudos for acknowledging the linguistic evidence that leads a majority of Hebrew Bible scholars to conclude the Pentateuch was, for the most part, composed much later than the time period ascribed to Moses in the second millennium BCE.