Writing in Public – Day 14 The Septuagint and Pharos Island

It’s been a productive weekend in general but not with writing in specific. I continue to eat well and maintain my streak, so that is good.

I ran into an interesting note by Philo discussing the creation of the Septuagint. The Septuagint is the name for the earliest translation of the Torah into Greek, which was done in a miraculous fashion in the 2nd century BCE at a house on Pharos Island. The translation was for inclusion in the Library of Alexandria. Pharos Island is the same place that the Lighthouse of Pharos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

According to Philo of Alexandria the Jews of Alexandria celebrated the writing of the Septuagint by going back to Pharos each year, building tents, and having a festival to give thanks to God for the gift that is “always old and yet always new.”

Greeks and Egyptians also celebrated on Pharos Island and the Pharos Lighthouse itself was a place of worship in addition to being a functional lighthouse guiding ships in from the sea. With so much worship and so many minds and hearts, it seems that the echo of spiritual power must have soaked into the sand there.

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 14

— Short Fiction: 427 new words.

— Novel-Length fiction: 00 new words.

— Blog Posts: 248 new words.

— Editorial Work: 00 words.

— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 3 short stories finished and sent out by year end.

— Novel Goal: 1 complete novel by year end.

Healthful Eating Streak: Day 11

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