Going Greek: Jewish Translation in the Ancient Mediterranean

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:00pm

Griffin Hall, 7 844 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

Going Greek: Jewish Translation in the Ancient Mediterranean

Tessa Rajak, the 2013 Visiting Croghan Bicentennial Professor in Classics at Williams College, will present "Going Greek: Jewish Translation in the Ancient Mediterranean".

A Greek version of the Torah was commissioned, according to legend, for the great Library of Alexandria. It is often forgotten that the Jewish community were the ‘owners’ of the great translation. The lecture will illustrate how it served as an indispensable bridge for them between their own linguistic culture and the language of empire. What is more, subsequent generations of Greek-speaking Jews added to the translation, exploiting the same Hebraized language, and building upon it a Bible-centered literature that preserved their diaspora identities over many centuries.  

The Croghan Bicentennial Professorship was established by John and Rosemary Croghan for a visiting professor who would offer one course in Judaism and/or Christianity, in addition to giving public lectures. 

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