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Unformatted text preview: CLASS 9 NOTES 9/16/08 The Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint • Letter: composed ca 100 B.C. set in Alexandria • Describes the translation of the Torah into Greek • Aristeas (a fictional name): presents himself as someone in court of Ptolemy II Philadelphus who was sent by the king as an embassy • The book is presented as a report or letter to Aristeas’ brother Philacrates • Demetrius of Phaleron – keeper of the royal library of Alexandria – aimed at collecting all possible books in world… wanted to include Torah o Ptolemaic kings funded education and sciences o Zoo – all animals in world • Find men who could translate o 6 men from each of the 12 tribes = 72 men = Septuagint (LXX) • Letter is fiction – some truth in the fact that the Torah was translated into Greek circa 200 B.C. • Jim VanderKam: torah is 1 st scripture to be translated (Christians) • Elias Bickerman: torah was considered law, so not that special because had been done before (Jew) • After 70 A.D. , Jews began to deny the authority of the Septuagint and turned to other translations, such After 70 A....
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2012 for the course JWST 106 taught by Professor Jodimagness during the Fall '11 term at UNC.
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