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18:00 - 19:30 22 January 2015

The Septuagint and its role in the birth and spread of Christianity


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Aleksander Gomola, Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University, is a translation studies scholar, a cognitive linguist and a translator. He received his postgraduate diploma in British Studies from Ruskin College, Oxford and his PhD from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, where he teaches at the UNESCO Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication. He has published and edited papers and books on various aspects of translation, especially from the cognitive perspective, and on the role of translators and translations in cultural transfer in the Western civilization. Among texts he has translated from English into Polish are works by Julian of Norwich, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Thomas Merton.

Dr Aleksander Gomola discusses the extent to which the Septuagint, the third century BCE Koine Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, may be responsible for the transformation of Christianity from a minor Jewish sect into the religion that lies at the foundations of Western civilization. Dr Gomola will demonstrate how the shifts in meaning (and occasional errors) of the Septuagint’s translators enabled the authors of the New Testament to derive interpretations pivotal for the development of the earliest Christian doctrinal ideas.


Dr Geraldine Brodie
+44 (0)20 3108 1317 | g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk