“The Beauty of Greece in the Tents of Shem”

in Faithful Renderings

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226745053
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226745077 | DOI:
“The Beauty of Greece in the Tents of Shem”

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This chapter studies the figure of Aquila, whose word-for-word Greek renderings of the Bible in his second-century retranslation “toward” the Hebrew produced what is considered an unreadable text and earned him a place in standard evaluations as perhaps the worst translator ever to practice. The analysis focuses on the Christian stakes in the preference for sense-for-sense translation and reviews the rabbinic literature on Aquila as a culture hero, bringing Greek “spoils” into Hebrew tents.

Keywords: Bible; translation; translator; Hebrew; Greek

Chapter.  18599 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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