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Aristeas, Letter of
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We know Aristeas only through a “precise report” (diḗgēsis) concerning the causes and circumstances of the translation of the LXX for the (fictive) Philokrates. Though the description of events forms the framework of the letter (occasion for the translation: 1ff.; Philadelphos's request to the high priest Eleazar and positive response: 9–11; 28–51; the translators: 102–127; reception by the king: 172–181; translation: 301–302), but the content is shaped by Jewish (Alexandrian?) apologet…

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Veltri, Giuseppe, “Aristeas, Letter of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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