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Philip Alexander

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.

Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations
Professors Joanna Weinberg and Philip Alexander with Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün discourse on the Midrash. Covering a broad range of texts, from late antiquity to the modern period, including non-rabbinic and non-Jewish literature, an impressive array of the leading names in the field have produced a volume that seeks to open a new period in the study of Midrash and its creative role in the formation of culture. Midrash is arguably the most ancient genre of Jewish literature, forming a volu...