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The legend of the Septuagint : from classical antiquity to today

Author: Abraham Wasserstein; David Wasserstein
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although the origins of The Septuagint, the most influential of the Greek versions of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, are uncertain, different versions of a legend about the miraculous nature of its translation have existed since antiquity. The legend describes how Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-247 BCE) commissioned 72 Jewish scribes to translate the sacred Hebrew scriptures for his famous library in  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham Wasserstein; David Wasserstein
ISBN: 0521854954 9780521854955 9780521104616 0521104610
OCLC Number: 61228608
Description: xviii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The letter of Aristeas --
The Hellenistic Jewish tradition --
The rabbis and the Greek Bible --
The Ptolemaic changes --
The church fathers and the translation of the Septuagint --
Among the Christians in the Orient --
The Muslims and the Septuagint --
Yosippon and the story of the seventy --
Karaites, Samaritans and Rabbanite Jews in the Middle Ages --
The Septuagint in the Renaissance and the modern world.
Responsibility: Abraham Wasserstein, David J. Wasserstein.
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A history of the uses and abuses of the Septuagint creation in various cultures around the Mediterranean.  Read more...

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"In assembling and analyzing the transmutations of the colorful Septuagint legend from Aristeas through the present day, this work is a major contribution to scholarship . . . . Anyone with an Read more...

 
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