Aristeas's View Of Animal Sacrifice

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1. Aristeas portrays the Jewish way of life and the values of the Jews in a positive light. The Jewish way of life and the values of the Jews can be described as ornate, associating with goodness, and animal sacrifices among other things. By ornate, Aristeas explains how beautiful and glamorous the Jewish Temple is. Specifically, Aristeas writes, "… the temple had been built in all its splendour… All the buildings were characterized by a magnificence and costliness quite unprecedented…no expense had been spared on the door and the fastenings…"(84-85) This quote illustrates how beautiful and ornate the temple is with words like splendor, magnificence, and costliness. These adjectives were all applied to assist in describing the Jewish …show more content…
The notion of animal sacrifice is an important value that the Jews participated in. Sacrifices explained by Eleazer is when someone gives, “…an offering… of his own soul in all its moods."(170) The sacrifice is symbolic in a sense that the sacrifice is supposed to represent that individual and his soul and that is why they didn’t sacrifice wild and untamed animals. (170) Another important value is about associating specifically with goodness. From Aristeas’ conversation with a Jewish priest about kosher, it moves to the main point about kosher that “...by associating with the bad, men catch their depravities and become miserable throughout their life...”(130) This quote illustrates the idea of associating with goodness or making decisions in order to ensure that one is going down the right path in life. Therefore, by observing and following kosher, it is not only of dietary importance, but one of association and of a path of righteousness as opposed to a path of depravity. So, it is evident that the Jews value ornate items, associating with goodness, and animal sacrifices amongst other …show more content…
I think the intended audience for Aristeas’ letter is future generations. His letter reads as a summary and of a history of the translation of the bible. From the beginning of the letter when Aristeas illustrates how the idea developed of wanting a translation and how that moved from an idea to an action with the king requesting a translation to the action transpiring when the Jewish scribes came to the King and translated the bible and then the after effect is spoken about and how the Jewish people and leaders, and the king all completely supports the translated text when the text is finally read out loud so much so that the Jewish community states that “no alteration should be made...” (311) to the translated text because it is that incredible. This step by step process of explaining the development of the bible elucidates the concept that the narrative of Aristeas is one of a positive historical description of the translation of the

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