Testament of Abraham

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Walter de Gruyter, Aug 26, 2013 - Religion - 543 pages

This first verse-by-verse commentary on the Greek text of the Testament of Abraham places the work within the history of both Jewish and Christian literature. It emphasizes the literary artistry and comedic nature of the Testament, brings to the task of interpretation a mass of comparative material, and establishes that, although the Testament goes back to a Jewish tale of the first or second century CE, the Christian elements are much more extensive than has previously been realized. The commentary further highlights the dependence of the Testament upon both Greco-Roman mythology and the Jewish Bible. This should be the standard commentary for years to come.

 

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Contents

Chapter 15 Abraham reneges
307
Chapter 16 God sends Death to Abraham
319
Chapter 17 Death reveals Himself
333
Chapter 18 The Resurrection of Abrahams Servants
359
Chapter 19 The Interpretation of Deaths SelfRevelation
368
Chapter 20 Abrahams Death
381
Index of References
413
12 Deuterocanonical Writings
426

IX Literary Themes and Leading Ideas
48
X Bibliography
53
COMMENTARY
61
Chapter 1 Abrahams Virtues Michaels Assignment
63
Chapter 2 Michael and Abraham meet Each Other
82
Chapter 3 Signs and Wonders
101
Chapter 4 God commissions Michael again
125
Chapter 5 Isaacs Dream
147
Chapter 6 Recognition of Michaels Identity
157
Chapter 7 Isaacs Dream Michaels Interpretation Abrahams Refusal
171
Chapter 8 Gods Speech
186
Chapter 9 Abraham strikes a Bargain
199
Chapter 10 Abraham surveys the World
216
Chapter 11 Two Ways and Two Gates
236
Chapter 12 The Postmortem Judgment
253
Chapter 13 The Judgment Interpreted
274
Chapter 14 Abraham Repents and Intercedes
294
13 New Testament
428
2 Old Testament Pseudepigrapha
436
3 Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Texts
457
4 Apostolic Fathers
459
5 Nag Hammadi Codices
460
6 New Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
461
7 Rabbinic Literature
464
72 Tosefta
465
74 Jerusalem Talmud
467
75 Targumic Texts
468
76 Other
469
8 Classical and Ancient Christian Writers and Works
472
9 Papyri Inscriptions
508
10 Ancient Near Eastern Samaritan Persian Sanskrit Arabic Sources
510
Index of Names and Subjects
512
Index of Modern Authors
521
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Dale C. Allison Jr. is Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa./USA.

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