Early Translations of the Bible
Hosted By: Haberman Institute
The Septuagint, the first translation of the biblical texts from Hebrew to Greek was completed centuries before the Hebrew Bible was even canonized in the 1st-2nd century CE. Also, as the spoken language was Aramaic in the Jewish community, it became customary in places of study to read the Hebrew text and immediately follow it by reading an Aramaic translation. Eventually, these practices led to several written translations into Aramaic.
Much can be learned from these translations, as they may reflect the opinion of the translator or may reflect the use of a different version of the Hebrew text than the one we have today… or the translators may have even added or modified the text for various cultural or theological reasons.
Examine these early biblical translations and discuss their impact on Jewish tradition leading to our understanding of the Bible today.
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