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Author Honigman, Sylvie
Title The Septuagint and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria : A Study in the Narrative of the 'Letter of Aristeas'
Imprint Florence : Taylor & Francis Group, 2003
©2003
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (225 pages)
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Note Intro -- THE SEPTUAGINT AND HOMERIC SCHOLARSHIP IN ALEXANDRIA A study in the narrative of the Letter of Aristeas -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface and acknowledgements -- List of abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Genre and composition in the Book of Aristeas -- 3 The central narrative: the transfiguration of history into charter myth -- 4 Enforcing the narrative veracity: the rhetoric of historiography in the Book of Aristeas -- 5 The origins and early history of the LXX: guidelines for a reconstruction of the past -- 6 The Homeric paradigm: a hypothesis on the genesis of the LXX and the Book of Aristeas -- 7 Conclusion: the Book of Aristeas between two worlds -- Appendix: outline of the composition of the Book of Aristeas -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Index of sources -- General index
The Letter of Aristeas tells the story of how Ptolemy Philadelphus of Egypt commissioned seventy scholars to translate the Hebrew Bible into Greek. Long accepted as a straightforward historical account of a cultural enterprise in Ptolemaic Alexandria, the Letter nevertheless poses serious interpretative problems. Sylvie Honigman argues that the Letter should not be regarded as history, but as a charter myth for diaspora Judaism. She expounds its generic affinities with other works on Jewish history from Ptolemaic Alexandria, and argues that the process of translation was simultaneously a process of establishing an authoritative text, comparable to the work on the text of Homer being carried out by contemporary Greek scholars. The Letter of Aristeas is among the most intriguing literary productions of Ptolemaic Alexandria, and this is the first book-length study to be devoted to it
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Honigman, Sylvie The Septuagint and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria : A Study in the Narrative of the 'Letter of Aristeas' Florence : Taylor & Francis Group,c2003 9780415280723
Subject Letter of Aristeas.;Bible. -- O.T. -- Greek -- Versions -- Septuagint
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