I am really looking forward to a seminar that will be taking place within throwing distance of my little cottage on the grounds of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The seminar is entitled Greek Scripture and the Rabbis, and it will run from January to June, 2010. The public will be able to attend weekly seminars. Here’s the blurb:
Up to the present, views of Scripture in Judaism from antiquity to the rise of Islam have been shaped by the fact that rabbinic literature is written in Hebrew and Aramaic, even though many Jews in the eastern Mediterranean and their religious leaders knew only Greek. Even the recent Cambridge History of Judaism (2006) failed to include a chapter on the role of Greek language and literature. The project will be an investigation of Jewish Greek versions of the Bible among Jewish communities of the first to sixth centuries CE, both from rabbinic sources and from internal indicators in what remains of the translations themselves.
So far they are expecting the following participants: Emanuel Tov, Philip Alexander, Tessa Rajak, Shifra Sznol, Bas Romeny, Michael Graves, and Willem Smelik. I’m looking forward to it. If anyone is in the area it should be a rockin’ good time.