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The Legend of the Septuagint - , David J. Wasserstein

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The Septuagint is the most influential of the Greek versions of the Torah. The exact circumstances of its creation are uncertain, but different versions of a legend about the translation have existed since antiquity. Begun with the Letter of Aristeas, the legend describes how Ptolemy Philadelphus (285 247 BCE) commissioned 72 Jewish scribes to translate the sacred Hebrew scriptures for his library in Alexandria. The Letter and subsequent variations on the story recount how the scribes, working independently, produced word-for-word, identical Greek versions. The story has been adapted and changed for many reasons: to tell a story, to explain historical events, and - most frequently - to lend authority to the Greek text for the institutions that used it. This book offers the first account of all of these versions over the last two millennia, providing a history of the uses and abuses of the legend in various cultures around the Mediterranean.

Author: Wasserstein, Abraham
Author: Wasserstein, David J.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Illustration: N
Language: ENG
Title: The Legend of the Septuagint
Pages: 00352 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2006-05-31
SKU-13/ISBN: 9780521854955
Category: Religion : History
Category: Religion : Antiquities & Archaeology
Category: History : Ancient - Greece


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