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.
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.