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Bibil Identifier bibil:201827
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Dionysus and the Letter of Aristeas
Author Scott, James M.
Congress volume XIII Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 325-338 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Letter of Aristeas is a long an ponderous writing whose unity and historicity have often been called into question. In this paper it will be argued that implicit references to Dionysus and his cult, especially in the two major ekphraseis and in the seven royal symposia, provide an essential integrating factor for the writing as a whole. Moreover, far from being an almost extraneous framework to the composition, the material about the translation project and its execution is actually crucial to understanding how the Letter of Aristeas views the Greek Torah as a veritable hieros logos in the technical sense of the term used in the mystery cults. Once the Dionysiac connections between the various sections are seen, the Ptolemaic king's call for a copy of the Torah from the Jerusalem priesthood in the Letter of Aristeas is compared to BGU VI 1211, in which a Ptolemaic king (usually identified with Philopator) calls for the Dionysiac priests to submit a copy of their hieros logos to Alexandria. The paper concludes with a possible implication of this interpretation for the investigation of the translational corpus.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Dionysus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Letter of Aristeas
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