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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Letter of Aristeas

Specific Approaches, Passages, and Themes

Letter of Aristeas

The Greek text Epistle of Aristeas is a Jewish work of the late Hellenistic period that recounts the origins of the Septuagint. Long recognized as a literary fiction, the Epistle of Aristeas has been variously dated from the third century BCE to the first century CE. As a result of the work's uncertain provenance, its epistolary features, and especially those in which the putative author, Aristeas, addresses his brother and correspondent, Philocrates, have largely been ignored.

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