Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria by Maren R. Niehoff

By Maren R. Niehoff

Systematically studying Jewish exegesis in gentle of Homeric scholarship, this ebook argues that greater than 2000 years in the past Alexandrian Jews constructed serious and literary tools of Bible interpretation that are nonetheless tremendous suitable this present day. Maren Niehoff offers an in depth research of Alexandrian Bible interpretation, from the second one century BCE via newly found fragments to the exegetical paintings performed by way of Philo. Niehoff exhibits that Alexandrian Jews answered in a superb number of how one can the Homeric scholarship constructed on the Museum. a few Jewish students used the tools in their Greek colleagues to enquire no matter if their Scripture contained myths shared by means of different international locations, whereas others insisted that major adjustments existed among Judaism and different cultures. This booklet is essential for any scholar of old Judaism, early Christianity and Hellenistic tradition.

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They are instead dressed in Greek garb so that Alexandrian readers may be more impressed by the representatives of what probably appeared to them a rather provincial place.  Aristeas thus made an innovative contribution by justifying the authenticity of the Greek Torah by recourse to its translation from the Hebrew original, which had been directly imported from the Land of Israel. It has often been remarked that he adopted a famous motif of the Alexandrian ideology.  What exactly was requested for the Alexandrian Library?

Ap. Euseb. Praep. evang.  (fr. , ed. Holladay –, vol. iii, p. ). Walter , pp. , –, already identified Aristobulus’ treatment of Aratus’ text as an emendation in the spirit of Alexandrian scholarship, without, however, noting the particular meaning of the expression seshm†gkamen in this context. Note that Aristobulus’ use of critical techniques pertains only to pagan texts. As far as the extant fragments indicate, his attitude to the Jewish Scriptures is more conservative (for details, see Chapter  below).

Dickey , p. . M. L. West , p. ; Slater ; contra Fraser , vol. i, p. , who based his argument only on Schol. Il. , which, however, can also be interpreted differently (van der Valk –, vol. ii, p. ); Montanari , pp. –. Plat. Resp. e; the fragment is found in Attalus, Math. et Astron.  and Hipparchus, Geogr. et Astron. .  Early Jewish responses to Homeric scholarship purpose of translation is not described in terms of textual excellence.  The corpus is important, not a particular version or its high quality.

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