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Texts, scribes and power in roman Judaea

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The date of the canonisation of the Hebrew bible and its Greek translation, the Septuagint, is much debated, but disagreement revolves primarily around the questions of what books were contained within the canon at which period and what precisely a canon of the bible should be understood to be. Josephus wrote that Jews were prepared to risk their lives to preserve the scrolls of the Law. This chapter argues specifically that the special Jewish attitude towards religious texts may have given peculiar prominence and power to the scribes who produced them. The New Testament picture of Jewish scribes must have come from observation of some facet of Jewish life. The chapter discusses the numinous qualities attributed by all Jews to the parchments on which biblical and some other texts were inscribed.

Keywords: Greek; Hebrew bible; Jews; Josephus; New Testament; Septuagint



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