Princeton Seminar -- The Greek Bible in the Byzantine Synagogue
- This is from the Modern Greek Studies list.
As it concerns findings from the Cairo Genizah, I thought
that it should be of interest.
I hope to the sympathy of those who have already received
From: "Dimitri Gondicas" <gondicas /at/ Princeton /dot/ EDU>
To: <mgsa-l /at/ uci /dot/ edu>
Subject: [MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Workshop -
February 18, 2005
Date: Monday, 14 Febr. 2005 11:39 pm
Program in Hellenic Studies
The Greek Bible in the Byzantine Synagogue
Nicholas de Lange
nrde /at/ princeton /dot/ edu
University of Cambridge;
Visiting Fellow, Program in Hellenic Studies
RESPONDENT: Peter Schδfer, Department of Religion
It is generally well known that the books of the Old
Testament preserved by the Greek Church derive from
translations from the Hebrew that were made and used by Jews
in the period from the 3rd c. BCE to the early 2nd c. CE,
the heyday of Greek Jewish culture. According to Origen, by
his day (early-mid 3rd c.) the Church had claimed these
books as her own, and Jews tended to prefer another
translation, ascribed to Akylas (Aquila), while various
other translations also circulated. Virtually no integrated
research has been done on the various Greek Bible
translations used by Jews in Origen's time and later. In
this paper it will be argued, largely but not exclusively on
the basis of newly-discovered manuscript fragments from the
Cairo Genizah, that Greek Jews continued to use various
translations throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
An attempt to describe the character of these translations
and their relationship to the ancient versions will be made.
If correct, this thesis has important implications for
editors of the Greek Bible, for readers of the Palestinian
rabbinic literature preserved in Hebrew and Aramaic, for
students of medieval Jewish religion and culture, and for
those interested in the Bible in Byzantium.
Nicholas de Lange is Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
in the University of Cambridge. His publications include:
Origen and the Jews : Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations
in third- century Palestine (Cambridge, 1976); (with M.
Harl) Origθne, Sur les Ecritures : Philocalie, 1-20 (Paris,
1983); Greek Jewish Texts from the Cairo Genizah (Tόbingen,
1996); (ed.) Hebrew Scholarship and the Medieval World
Friday, February 18, 2005
Humanities Program Building, Room 103
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