Every Apocryphal Story Has a Germ of Historical Truth
According to an apocryphal legend, Egyptian King Ptolemy Philadelphus (who ruled 285-246 B.C.E.) sent a delegation to a high priest named Eleazar in Jerusalem, who organized a group of 72 scribes to write a new translation of the Bible for the city of Alexandria. These men purportedly translated the Hebrew Pentateuch into Greek in only seventy-two days.
A Jewish philosopher named Aristeas, records how the scribes felt inspired and arrived at ...Learn More Share