Pseudepigrapha / Letter of Aristeas

Letter of Aristeas to Philocrates

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Summary of Letter of Aristeas

Date: 200-150 B.C.E.

Description: The Letter of Aristeas to Philocrates is a Hellenistic work of the 3rd or early 2nd century B.C.E. It purports to describe the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible by seventy-two interpreters sent into Egypt from Jerusalem at the request of the librarian of Alexandria, which resulted in the translation known as the Septuagint.

Jellicoe, Sidney The Septuagint and Modern Study, Eisenbrauns, 2013


New Testament