Abstract

This article traces the development of rabbinic legends surrounding the creation of the Septuagint. It places these texts in the context of their Hellenistic antecedents and Christian parallels. I argue that the different rabbinic versions of the Septuagint legend reflect the rabbis' concerns and anxieties not only about the Septuagint, but also about their own self-defined position as transmitters of the Mosaic tradition in a world in which they are challenged both by a hegemonic Greco-Roman culture and numerous other groups claiming to be the true inheritors of the prophets.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3311
Print ISSN
0272-9601
Pages
pp. 1-39
Launched on MUSE
2007-10-16
Open Access
No
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