Greek Scripture and the Rabbis

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Greek was widely used by Jews in the eastern Mediterranean, from Alexander the Great until the Holocaust. However, its role in the translation of Hebrew Scripture for Jewish communities has not received sustained attention. The European Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies, held at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 2009 provided an international scholarly forum on the subject. The papers in this volume represent the fruits of the residential workshop. They cover biblical textual criticism, the later Jewish Greek revisions, rabbinic attitudes towards Scripture in Greek, early Christian views of Jewish Greek versions, imperial legislation on Jews and the public reading of Scripture, Greek loanwords in rabbinic literature, and medieval Greek biblical glosses in Jewish manuscripts.