The Syriac Version of the Old Testament

TitleThe Syriac Version of the Old Testament
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsWeitzman, M
Series TitleUniversity of Cambridge oriental publications
Series Volume56
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN Number9780521017466
OCLC Number669679388

While the Syriac version of the Old Testament, known as the Peshitta, was translated from a Hebrew text, it was, surprisingly, preserved by the eastern churches alone. M. Weitzman argues that the translation was put together in around 200 CE by a small Jewish community estranged from the Rabbinic majority. This community eventually embraced Christianity and brought the Peshitta with them. This theory is the prelude to an analysis of the Peshitta itself, which covers all the books in the Bible, surveys the existing scholarship and explores the relationship between the translation and the original Hebrew text. Apart from the philological detail, the book also examines the translation's historical links with Judaism and early Christianity.


Foreword / Robert P. Gordon --
Preface --
List of abbreviations --
1. Introduction --
2. The relationship between the extant Hebrew and Syriac texts --
3. The Peshitta and other versions --
4. Unity and diversity in the Peshitta --
5. The background of the Peshitta --
6. The establishment of the text --
Index of references --
General index.

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