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Faithful RenderingsJewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation$
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Naomi Seidman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226745053

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226745077.001.0001

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“The Beauty of Greece in the Tents of Shem”

“The Beauty of Greece in the Tents of Shem”

Aquila between the Camps

(p.73) Chapter Two “The Beauty of Greece in the Tents of Shem”
Faithful Renderings
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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

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