During the 2nd century B.C. the Jewish books were translated en masse for the first time. The story goes that this was at the request of the Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who wanted a copy of the Jewish writings in Greek for his library at Alexandria.
Since Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus reigned from 285—246 BC, I have now corrected this paragraph to read more accurately:
During the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. the Jewish books were translated en masse for the first time, etc.
Graham is an evangelical Christian believer living in Sussex, UK. He is passionate about helping people to understand what the Bible really says, and about explaining what the Christians of the early centuries believed and taught.