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Bibil Identifier bibil:206435
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Revelation and Human Artefact: The Inspiration of the Pentateuch in the Book of Aristeas
Author Scott, Ian W.
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 41, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 1-28 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In sharp contrast to other highly Hellenized Jewish works, the Book of Aristeas depicts the Pentateuch as a purely human composition. Moses was endowed by God with a prodigious intellect so that he could compose a law superior to any other, but Israel's legislator received no direct revelation or guidance. Likewise, the LXX translation is depicted as a purely human achievement. If the law is “inspired” for the author of Aristeas, it is only in the sense that skilled rational insight amounts to perception of the divine mind.
DOI 10.1163/004722110X12580045809740
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Letter of Aristeas
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Law
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Inspiration
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Revelation
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