Septuagint, Synagogue, and Symbiosis: The Jews of Hellenistic Egypt

Septuagint, Synagogue, and Symbiosis: The Jews of Hellenistic Egypt

June 10, 2020
8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 8 pm via Zoom

Septuagint, Synagogue, and Symbiosis: The Jews of Hellenistic Egypt

Gary Rendsburg

The conquests of Alexander the Great brought Hellenism to the entire Near East in the late 4th century B.C.E. No Jewish community reflects the symbiosis of Hellenism and Judaism better than the large and thriving community of Egypt – especially in Alexandria.

Members of this Alexandria community used a Greek translation of the Bible, built synagogues (called proseuche in Greek) dedicated to the Ptolemy kings and queens, wrote Jewish literature in Greek, and were fully integrated into the society and the economy. In one case they even constructed a temple in Egypt (to rival the one in Jerusalem).

Gary Rendsburg is the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History at Rutgers University

 


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