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Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Cláudia Andréa Prata Ferreira é Professora Doutora - Categoria: Associado IV - do Setor de Língua e Literatura Hebraicas do Departamento de Letras Orientais e Eslavas da Faculdade de Letras da UFRJ.



domingo, 6 de julho de 2008

The Interpretation of the Old Testament in Greco-Roman Paganism

The Interpretation of the Old Testament in Greco-Roman Paganism

Cook, John Granger

Mohr Siebeck, 2004

Series Information

Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 23

Description: According to the available evidence not many pagans knew the Greek Bible (Septuagint) before the advent of Christianity. Those pagans who later became aware of Christian texts were among the first, according to the surviving data, to seriously explore the Septuagint. They found the Bible to be difficult reading. The pagans who reacted to biblical texts include Celsus (II C.E.), Porphyry (III C.E.), and Julian the Apostate (IV C.E.). These authors thought that if they could refute one of the primary foundations of Christianity, namely its use or interpretation of the Septuagint, then the new religion would perhaps crumble. John Granger Cook analyzes these pagans voice and elaborates on its importance, since it shows how Septuagint texts appeared in the eyes of Greco-Roman intellectuals. Theirs was not an abstract interest, however, because they knew that Christianity posed a grave danger to some of their dearest beliefs, self-understanding, and way of life.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

Review by David Lincicum

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Published 6/28/2008

Citation: David Lincicum, review of John Granger Cook, The Interpretation of the Old Testament in Greco-Roman Paganism, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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