I have a hard time believing this, but it is true. There is no way to say in the Septuagint Greek the word “Trinity.” It has no dynamic equivalent in the biblical tongue. It surprises me that I never noticed this. But this is in fact the very reason why the word did not come into existence until it received expression in Latin (AD 210) from a Carthaginian lawyer named Tertullian (Quintus Septimius Florens Terutllianus) in his work, the Apology. This illustrates an important point: it cannot be a biblical doctrine. If there is no way to say it — name it as a referent — the most obvious reason for this is that there is no way to think it in that tongue. The LXX has no word for “trinity.” Neither does the NT.
The Christian argument that the NT implies it, rather than “states it,” entirely misses the point. The LXX was the Bible of the earliest Christians, not the New Testament. This makes Genesis 1.26 – 27 and the “let us go down” passage of Genesis 11 highly suspect. And the bread and wine of Melchizedek can be shown a Christian retro-fit, using the septuagintal book of Hebrews as a point of comparison with Genesis 14.
Another extremely telling point against the doctrine of the Trinity stems from the fact that, while it became central to the Christian worldview after the Council of Nicea (325), this doctrine appears nowhere in the teachings of Jesus at all. Nor does it appear anywhere at all in the apostolic sermons of the Book of Acts.
The teaching of Jesus centered on the Kingdom of God. The doctrine of the Trinity was so important that he seems never to have heard of it, nor wished it discussed or mentioned at all. The apostles silently followed Jesus on this point — never once making reference or mention of it in the book of Acts.
If a concept is central to the church, but less than peripheral to Jesus and the apostles, there can be no better proof that the Church has strayed than this to my mind. Arguing that the NT implies it, and that it is central to the Church’s life, and that Jesus and the apostles never heard of it in their preaching only adds extreme confusion to the life of the early church, and to our historical portrait of it. When you add that the LXX has never heard of it either, and that this Bible is the one most oft quoted as the Word of God by the NT literature, this would seem to represent a kind of philosophic and theological suicide.
The doctrine of the Trinity represents rank idolatry masquerading as orthodoxy, but only about after 210, when the Church had illicitly begun to leave behind its mother tongue — the catholic Greek of the Septuagint. This is just the kind of idolatry into which one is led when falling away from the catholic Bible and tongue, the canonical Greek appointed to the Church forever by the Most High.
Please note that at this time (210), the church had translated the Bible into only two other languages in any significant sections — Latin and Syriac — making the number of biblical tongues precisely 3 — one Bible in three tongues. The original source of this heresy I have traced even further back. The original Lukan-Hebrews account of Jesus as a kind of Melchizedek held him to be a priest and king only — not a prophet. Only later was Jesus understood to be a prophet in the tradition of Moses and Elijah (see Luke 4 and Luke 9, the transfiguration account).