Translation and Survival
Philip Alexander, Tessa Rajak
Tessa Rajak offers a radical new understanding of the translation of the Torah into Greek – the first major translation in Western culture. Its significance was far-reaching but largely forgotten. Without a Greek Bible, European history would have been entirely different. It is these translators who invented the term ‘diaspora’, made the survival of the first Jewish diaspora possible and had a huge impact on Jews, Christians and Greeks.
Tessa Rajak is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the University of Reading and Senior Research Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. Her most recent book is Translation and Survival: The Greek Bible and the Ancient Jewish Diaspora.