The Jewish Quarterly Review Volume 1

The Jewish Quarterly Review Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... Jews of the succeeding centuries, would have kept alive a broader culture among the Jews of the early Middle Ages, and would have prepared them for a more general and more intelligent reception of the spirit emanating from the JudseoSpanish writers. Philo's language, it is true, was against him, since the bulk of the Jews who lived in Palestine, and especially in Babylon, in the following centuries, did not know Greek. At the same time it would seem that the very circumstance that the New Testament writings were in Greek made that speech a lingua non grata among the Jews. It seems, according to some, that Jews had a hand in translating the Scriptures into Syriac (Peshitta) in Mesopotamia in the second century. In the succeeding centuries, especially in the fifth and sixth and following, i. e. in Talmudic times, and in Mesopotamia, the Talmudic land, the Nestorian and Monophysite Christians were extremely active in conducting theological and scientific schools in which the scientific material wholly, the theological for the most part, was derived from Greek sources. There was an important school of translators in Edessa, in the fourth and fifth centuries, in which Greek works of theology, philosophy, and science were rendered into Syriac by Christian scholars. Similar schools were established soon after in Nisibis and Gandisapora. The Jews living in those lands could thus without any difficulty, had they been so disposed, have had access to the Greek language and its literature. But there seems to be no evidence in the Rabbinic writings that there were any relations of an intellectual character between the Babylonian Jews and the Mesopotamian schools of the Syrian Christians. Philo, it seems clear, was not known to the Talmudists. Poznanski's...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667734X
  • 9781236677341