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This answer to a different question states that the only other language a sefer torah can be written in and be kosher is Greek. (Rambam, Hilchot Sefer Torah 1:19 says that this Greek no longer exists as a language.)

Was a sefer torah ever actually written in Greek?

I am not referring to the Septuagint translation, which was never intended to be a kosher sefer torah.

  • The answer is we don't know if a defer for was written in Greek because we don't have any evidence for or against it. However, we do have copies of Torot written in Paleo Hebrew. My best guess would be that there probably were privately commissioned Greek scrolls for rich Hellenistic Jews of Alexandria for personal study use. Like maybe Philo – Aaron Nov 25 '15 at 17:22
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    "Septuagint translation, which was never intended to be a kosher sefer torah".this is false .actually you are completely contradicting the Gemora i brought which was to show :א"ר יהודה אף כשהתירו רבותינו יונית לא התירו אלא בספר תורה ומשום מעשה דתלמי המלך - Rabbi Yehuda said: Even when our Rabbis permitted Greek, they permitted it only in a Torah scroll, and not for other books of the Bible, which must be written only in Hebrew And this was due to the incident of King Ptolemy Your original question has been answered to satisfaction and you are wrong. – user15464 Oct 31 '17 at 15:50
  • I don't think that the Rambam is talking about writing in Greek language - I understood that he's talking about Greek letters (i.e, Hebrew words, but with Greek alphabet) – Zvika Nov 6 '18 at 13:36
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As +user15464 said, the Gemara in Maseches Taanis cites the incident of Talmai HaMelech and that he commanded 70 Chachamim to write a Torah in Greek. As a remembrance to this, Sifrei Torah written in Greek are Kosher.

  • "I am not referring to the Septuagint translation" – Double AA Nov 26 '18 at 1:06
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