Libraries, Translations, and 'Canonic' Texts

The Septuagint, Aquila and Ben Sira in the Jewish and Christian Traditions


The book deals with the field of decanonization of ancient traditions by the technique of deconstructing their original context; in particular: the process of canonization of the Greek Torah in Jewish-Hellenistic and Christian tradition and its decanonization in Rabbinic literature; the use and abuse of the translation(s) of Aquila in Patristic and Rabbinic literature and the substitution of Aquila by Onkelos in Babylonian academies; the decanonization of the book of Ben Sira in Rabbinic literature. On the basis of his analysis, the author concludes that, if a canon is the ability of a text to produce and authorize commentary deconstructing its original context by generalization, de-canonization is the inverse way of contextualizing a 'canonical' text by reconstructing the supposed original context.

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Giuseppe Veltri, Ph.D. (1991), Free University Berlin, Professor of Jewish Studies at Halle and Director of the Zunz Centre (Wittenberg). Publications on Jewish Hermeneutics and Philosophy including Eine Tora für den König Talmai (1994), Magie und Halakha (1997), Gegenwart der Tradition (2002), and Cultural Intermediaries (2004 with David Ruderman).
"This study is intended to explore the possibilities of textual deconstruction or reconstruction through the process of canonization and decanonization respectively. [..] The bibliographies are impressive, as is the number and set-up of the indices." – Jan P. Stronk, in: BMR (2006)
All those interested in intellectual history of Late Antiquity, the history of legends, decanonizations as well as Jewish studies, classical philologist, theologians.