Translation and Survival: The Greek Bible of the Ancient Jewish Diaspora

Paperback | August 28, 2011

byTessa Rajak

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The translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek was the first major translation in Western culture. Its significance was far-reaching. Without a Greek Bible, European history would have been entirely different - no Western Jewish diaspora and no Christianity. Translation and Survival is aliterary and social study of the ancient creators and receivers of the translations, and about their impact. The Greek Bible served Jews who spoke Greek, and made the survival of the first Jewish diaspora possible; indeed, the translators invented the term 'diaspora'. It was a tool for thepreservation of group identity and for the expression of resistance. It invented a new kind of language and many new terms. The Greek Bible translations ended up as the Christian Septuagint, taken over along with the entire heritage of Hellenistic Judaism, during the process of the Church'slong-drawn-out parting from the Synagogue. Here, a brilliant creation is restored to its original context and to its first owners.

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The translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek was the first major translation in Western culture. Its significance was far-reaching. Without a Greek Bible, European history would have been entirely different - no Western Jewish diaspora and no Christianity. Translation and Survival is aliterary and social study of the ancient creators...

Tessa Rajak is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the University of Reading, and Member of the Jewish Studies Unit at Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Letter of Aristeas between History and Myth2. Going Greek: Culture and Power in Ptolemaic Alexandria3. The Jewish Diaspora in Graeco-Roman Antiquity4. Staying Jewish: Language and Identity in the Greek Bible5. Themes of Power and Subversion in the Greek Bible6. The Uses of Scripture in Hellenistic Judaism7. Scripture in Action: Parallels and Myths8. The Bible among Greeks and Romans9. The Septuagint between Jews and ChristiansIntroduction1. The Letter of Aristeas between History and Myth2. Going Greek: Culture and Power in Ptolemaic Alexandria3. The Jewish Diaspora in Graeco-Roman Antiquity4. Staying Jewish: Language and Identity in the Greek Bible5. Themes of Power and Subversion in the Greek Bible6. The Uses of Scripture in Hellenistic Judaism7. Scripture in Action: Parallels and Myths8. The Bible among Greeks and Romans9. The Septuagint between Jews and Christians

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"Rajaks book provides a sterling account of one of the most extraordinary scholarly enterprises of the ancient world" --Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald