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The Translator Of Isaiah

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A significant question for study of the Septuagint translation of Isaiah is, who was the translator? Even if the image of the translator of Isaiah is disciplined, to some extent, by previous research into how he rendered his Vorlage, one need a more precise way of answering the question of who he was by identifying, insofar as possible, "to which milieu or circles in ancient Judaism [the translator] belonged". The Septuagint of Isaiah, however, offers a unique opportunity to construct a "professional profile" for its translator. This chapter demonstrates the vitality of philology in the Alexandrian Museum down to the pogroms of Euergetes II. Given that these activities would have been familiar to the city's populace, and given that the Greek translation of Isaiah was produced in the wake of Aristartchus's era, this setting merits consideration in exploring the translator's work.

Keywords: Alexandrian Museum; ancient Judaism; Aristartchus's era; Greek translation; Isaiah; Septuagint translation



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