Tessa Rajak

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.

Translation and Survival

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.

Jews in the Classical World
Experts on the Classical world, Professor Edith Hall and Professor Tessa Rajak, discuss the relationship between the Greeks, the Jews and other civilisations in the Classical era. How did the Greeks regard the Jews, and what did the Jews think about the Greeks? Was there a cross-fertilisation of ideas and social mores? And why, may it be whispered, were the Greeks so much more successful in transmitting their ideas and culture to other civilisations than t...