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The Rabbinic Legend Of The Septuagint In Abraham Ibn Daud’s Writings

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Reflecting a rising interest in the reception history of Septuagint legend, this chapter examines a specific sub-set of material that arose in the Jewish Middle Ages and continued to be of interest to both Jewish and Christian readers until the nineteenth century. It specifically looks at Ibn Dauds explanations of the textual changes attributed to the Septuagint, and analyzes the specific function of the legend in the authors thought. Ibn Daud rejects the Septuagint, but this criticism is not directed against the translation project or even the textual alterations he so carefully puts forth. Instead, he uses the legend as an example of Jewish behavior vis-à-vis non-Jewish authority and explains that the Jewish scholars involved in the translation, rather than appeasing a king whose negative attitude towards the Jews is repeatedly noted, unwittingly contribute to oppressive politics leading to the Maccabean revolt.

Keywords: Abraham Ibn Daud; Christian readers; Jewish middle ages; Septuagint legend; textual changes



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