Cain and Abel in Text and Tradition: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Sibling Rivalry

Front Cover
BRILL, Feb 14, 2011 - Religion - 268 pages
0 Reviews
The story of Cain and Abel narrates the primeval events associated with the beginnings of the world and humanity. But the presence of linguistic and grammatical ambiguities coupled with narrative gaps provided translators and interpreters with a number of points of departure for expanding the story. The result is a number of well established and interpretive traditions shared between Jewish and Christian literature. This book focuses on how the interpretive traditions derived from Genesis 4 exerted significant influence on Jewish and Christian authors who knew rewritten versions of the story. The goal is to help readers appreciate these traditions within the broader interpretive context rather than within the narrow confines of the canon.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
12
11
37
39
810
63
1116
93
1726
123
Chapter Six The Blood of Righteous Abel
167
Chapter Seven The Way of Cain
207
Bibliography
245
Index of Ancient Texts
257
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

John Byron, Ph.D. (2002), University of Durham, is Associate Professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is the author of "Slavery Metaphors in Early Judaism and Pauline Christianity" (2003), "Recent Research on Paul and Slavery" (2008), and a number of scholarly articles.