Abraham in Jewish and Early Christian Literature
Sean A. Adams, Zanne Domoney-Lyttle
Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 14, 2019 - Religion - 264 pages
Jewish and early Christian authors discussed Abraham in numerous and diverse ways, adapting his Old Testament narratives and using Abrahamic imagery in their works. However, while some areas of study in Abrahamic texts have received much scholarly attention, other areas remain nearly untouched. Beginning with a perspective on how Abraham was used within Jewish literature, this collection of essays follows the impact of Abraham across biblical texts–including Pseudigraphic and Apocryphal texts – into early Greek, Latin and Gnostic literature.
These essays build upon existing Abraham scholarship, by discussing Abraham in less explored areas such as rewritten scripture, Philo of Alexandria, Josephus, the Apostolic Fathers and contemporary Greek and Latin authors. Through the presentation of a more thorough outline of the impact of the figure and stories of Abraham, the contributors to this volume create a concise and complete idea of how his narrative was employed throughout the centuries, and how ancient authors adopted and adapted received traditions.
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Chapter 1 A BRAHAM IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
Chapter 2 ABRAHAM IN THE OLD TESTAMENT APOCRYPHA
FRIEND OF GOD AND FATHER OF FATHERS
Chapter 4 ABRAHAM IN REWRITTEN SCRIPTURE
Chapter 5 ABRAHAM IN PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA
Chapter 6 A BRAHAM IN JOSEPHUS WRITINGS
Chapter 7 ABRAHAM IN THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS AND THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
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