The Meaning of the Letter of Aristeas Hardback

In Light of Biblical Interpretation and Grammatical Tradition, and with Reference to Its Historical Context

by Ekaterina Matusova;

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The Meaning of the Letter of Aristeas

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Ekaterin Matusova offers a new approach to the old problems of interpretation of the "Letter of Aristeas." Chapter 1 deals with the question of the structure of the narrative. Matusova argues that at the time of Aristeas compositions of the kind of the Reworked Pentateuch, or Rewritten Bible were circulating in Egypt in parallel with the LXX and were a source of interpretations of the Hebrew text different from the LXX and of specific combinations of subjects popular in Second Temple Judaism. In particular, Matusova further argues that the leading principle of the composition of the etteris that of the Reworked Deuteronomy, where subjects referring to the idea of following the Law among the gentiles were grouped together. The analysis is based on a broad circle of Jewish sources, including Philo of Alexandria and documents from the Qumran library. The principle of the composition discovered in this part of the study is referred to as the Jewish paradigm. Chapter 2 offers a new interpretation of the frame story in the narrative, i.e. of the story of the translation in the strict sense. Matusova shows that two paradigms are skilfully combined in this split story: the Jewish one, based on the Bible, and the Greek one, which involves Greek grammatical theory. She further argues that the story, when read in terms of Greek grammar, turns out to be a consistent story not of the translation, but of the correction of the LXX, which is important for our understanding of the early history of the translation. The analysis involves extensive excurses into Greek grammatical theory, including a discussion of Aristotle, Dionysius Thrax and other Hellenistic grammarians. In Chapter 3 Matusova tries to find the reason for the combination of these two paradigms, namely the Jewish biblical paradigm and the Greek grammatical ones, and to interpret their interconnected meaning, by placing it in the broad historical context of the Ptolemaic state

The Meaning of the Letter of Aristeas by Ekaterina Matusova was published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG in July 2015. The ISBN for The Meaning of the Letter of Aristeas is 9783525540435.

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Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG (July 2015)
Number of Pages172
Thickness17 mm
Height237 mm
Width160 mm
Product Code4323889
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