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By Benjamin G. Wright III

The Letter of Aristeas has been an item smooth scholarly curiosity because the 17th century. it's best recognized for holding the earliest model of the interpretation of the Hebrew legislation into Greek, and this tale bills for a lot of the scholarly awareness paid to the paintings. but, this legend merely takes up a small percent of the paintings. taking a look at Aristeas as an entire, the paintings unearths an writer who has received a Greek schooling and employs either Jewish and Greek assets in his paintings, and he has produced a Greek booklet. although Aristeas has garnered scholarly recognition, no totally fledged statement has been written on it. The works of R. Tramontano, M. Hadas and others, also known as commentaries, in basic terms include textual content and annotated notes. This quantity fills the distance within the scholarship on Aristeas by way of offering an entire, paragraph-by-paragraph remark, containing a brand new translation, text-critical notes, basic observation, and notes on particular phrases, words and concepts.

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For a narrative of this period in Ptolemaic history, see Gunther Hölbl, A History of the Ptolemaic Empire (London/New York: Routledge, 2001) Part III. 5. Date 29 Aristobulus’s date and the direction of any literary dependence between them, then these data will help to date Aristeas. As part of an argument that Plato followed the Jewish law, Aristobulus claims that the law and the events surrounding the Exodus already had been translated partially. Later Demetrius of Phalerum oversaw a translation of everything: It is clear that Plato followed the tradition of the law that we use, and he is conspicuous for having worked through each of the details expressed in it.

26 I. Introduction the dative to uses without, and the numbers are roughly equal. 73 Bickerman next focuses on the use of the phrase καλῶς οὖν ποιήσεις plus a participle in the letters of both Ptolemy and Elezar (§ 39 and § 46), which appears in letters of the third and second centuries BCE. Bickerman maintains that the phrase “disappeared from use in the first century B. ”74 Again, Bickerman’s own data throw doubt on his conclusions. Schmidt, however, turns to a different phrase in the conclusion to Ptolemy’s letter (§ 40) that appears already in private letters of the third century BCE: γράφων δὲ καὶ σὺ πρὸς ἡμᾶς περὶ ὧν ἐὰν βούλῃ κεχαρισμένος ἔσῃ (“Now also if you write to us about anything you might wish, it would be welcome”).

James H. Charlesworth; vol. 2; Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1985) 855–59 and Carl R. : Scholars Press, 1983). The fragment concerns Job and seems to be aware of the Greek translation of the book of Job. Oswyn Murray, “Aristeas and Ptolemaic Kingship,” The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 56 (1970) 140–43. 4. 48 From here he moves to an argument for the identity of the two authors. Since Murray’s second claim is pure speculation, the most critical issue is whether our author intended to refer to Aristeas’s “On the Jews” in § 6.

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