Simeon the Just, the Septuagint and Targum Jonathan

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Eastern Christian traditions connect Simeon (Luke 2:25-26) with one of the translators of the Septuagint. Western Christian traditions connect him to his co-disciple Jonathan ben Uzziel, de translator of the Targum to the prophets. This article summarizes these traditions, analyses why Simeon is connected with these translations and how these traditions function as an apology for the use of two Jewish translations within the Christian Church.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeptuagint, Targum and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationComparing Aramaic and Greek Versions from Jewish Antiquity
EditorsDavid Shepherd, Jan Joosten, Michaël N. van der Meer
Place of PublicationLeiden & Boston
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789004416727
ISBN (Print)9789004416710
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Publication series

NameSupplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism


  • Septuagint
  • Targum Jonathan
  • Simeon
  • Luke 2:25-26
  • Simeon Theodochos

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