Tewahido Bible Study

The Ephesus School

A critical examination of the sacred scriptures, as they are read-aloud by a dedicated student of Aksum, Alexandria, and Antioch—and member of the Ephesus School Network. read less


Joshua Alfaro
Dec 23 2023
Joshua Alfaro
Joshua Alfaro is a Septuagint (Old Greek translation(s) of the Hebrew Bible and their daughter translations Ge'ez, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian) scholar and student focusing on the Scroll of Esther. He recently attended the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) annual conference, where he watched and heard the Ethiopic (Classical and Modern) sessions. Hear what he has to say, about what they said."The Scroll of Esther stands corrupted by various translators. Which (scroll) I, lifting up from the archives of the Hebrews, have translated more accurately word for word. The common edition drags the book by knotted ropes of words hither and yon, adding to it things which may have been said or heard at any time. This is as is usual with instruction by schools, when a subject has been taken up, to figure out from the words which someone could have used, which one either suffered injury, or which one caused injury (to the text).And you, O Paula and Eustochium, since you have both studied to enter the libraries of the Hebrews and also have approved of the battles of the interpreters, holding the Hebrew Book of Esther, look through each word of our translation, so you may be able to understand me also to augmented nothing by adding, but rather with faithful witness to have translated, just as it is found in the Hebrew, the Hebrew history into the Latin language. We are not affected by the praises of men, nor are we afraid of (their) slanders. For to be pleasing to God we do not inwardly fear those caring for the money of men, "for God has scattered the bones of those desiring to be pleasing to men" (Ps 52.6), and according to the Apostle, those like this are "not able to be servants of Christ" (Gal 1.10)."-St. Jerome ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★