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"Thus books were circulated bearing the names of mythical personages, or of people who, although they were well known, had never written a line.
Newly compiled literary productions were put forward as writings of the greatest antiquity; verses were forged, and philosophers had
fathered upon them writings which represented them as taking a profound interest in the Jewish scriptures; poets were falsely represented as being deeply impressed by the Jewish religion, and oracles were deceitfully quoted as predicting a mighty destiny for the
Forgery, indeed, became a science among the Jews ... the only one. Among the many fictitious compositions forged by the Jews
about this time was the so-called" letter of Aristeas." [page 12]
https://archive.org/details/1935-great- ... -1878-1956