The Library in Alexandria and the Bible in Greek by Nina L. Collins

By Nina L. Collins

The interpretation of the Hebrew bible into Greek introduced the Jewish Scriptures into the non-Jewish international and enabled Greek-speaking Jews, the founders of Christianity, to set up a faith in response to its prophecies. This available learn argues that the Pentateuch was once translated in 281 BC for Ptolemy II via a crew of translators operating for Demetrius of Phalerum, the librarian of the good Library of Alexandria. Collins offers the facts for this date, the competition of the Jews, the inducement at the back of the paintings and the repurcussions of the interpretation. She additionally examines Demetrius of Phalerum who, she argues, used to be not just the worker of Ptolemy II yet used to be additionally the 1st librarian of the Alexandria Library created by way of Ptolemy I. this is often an informative historical past of either the Bible and the early heritage of Alexandria, and its Library, lower than the 1st Ptolemies.

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180, when Ptolemy II claims that he had just defeated Antigonus. The battle had apparently just taken place when the translators arrived in Alexandria. Hadas (1951), pp. 258 BCE, because the Egyptians were defeated. 245 BCE, when a Ptolemy fought an Antigonus. But the latter is an anachronism if the translation was completed by 280 BCE. Bickermann (1930), p. 282 (= Bickerman (1976), p. 110), has suggested that an error in the archetype of the Letter of Aristeas has replaced 'Antiochus' with 'Antigonus'.

61-2. The rarity of errors in the transmission of numbers in ancient texts, including the use of alphabetic numerals, is discussed by Develin (1990), pp. 31-45. 92 Dindorf, i (1832), p. 326. The years of the king are numbered consecutively with Greek letters. Year p" corresponds with the 4th year of the 124th Olympiad. 93 Whitby and Whitby (1989), pp. ix, xv. 95 But unlike Eusebius, Cyril does not give a specific Olympiad year. 96 His possible margin of error was thereby reduced if he referred only to a specific Olympiad, rather than to a particular Olympiad year.

Watson (1886). 68 The following sources which state that Ptolemy II ruled for 38 years are restricted to those which deal with the translation: Julius Pollux, Wendland (1900), p. 136; Eusebius, Latin Chronicle, see Helm (1956), pp. 129-30; Epiphanius, see Dean (1935), §53c; Basil of Seleucia, Wendland (1900), p. 149 (= PG 85, p. 421; Nicephorus, Wendland (1900), p. 129 (= PG 100, p. 1009); Syncellus, §515, Moshammer (1984); Cedrenus, Wendland (1900), p. 135; Leo Grammaticus, Wendland (1900), p.

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