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

Tessa Rajak


The first translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek was a major translation in Western culture. This literary and social study is about the ancient creators and receivers of the translations and about their impact. The book shows how the Greek Bible served the Jewish diaspora for over half a millennium, providing the foundations of life for a highly text-centred ethnic and religious minority as they fell under the pressures of the powerful imperial cultures of Greece and Rome, and of a dominant, ‘colonial’ language, Greek. Those large communities of the eastern Mediterranean, with their conve ... More

Keywords: Septuagint, Bible translation, Alexandria, diaspora, Jewish identity, Greek language, cultural resistance, text-centred community, Hellenistic Judaism, Christian takeover

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tessa Rajak, author
Professor Emertius of Ancient History, University of Reading, and Member of the Jewish Studies Unit, Oxford University
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