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Pseudo-Philo : Rewriting the Bible - Frederick J. Murphy

Pseudo-Philo

Rewriting the Bible

Hardcover Published: 11th November 1993
ISBN: 9780195076226
Number Of Pages: 336

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This is a literary and theological study of the Biblical Antiquities of Pseudo-Philo--a long, well-written reinterpretation of the Hebrew Bible written by a Palestinian Jew of the first century C.E. Using the methodologies of redaction and literary criticism, Murphy provides an analysis of the whole of the Biblical Antiquities. After a chapter-by-chapter analysis, Murphy addresses several topics more generally--major characters, major themes, and the historical context of the work. Full concordances to the Latin text are provided to assist future research on Pseudo-Philo. This book will prove an important resource for students of Jewish interpretation of the Bible at the end of the Second Temple period. It also sheds light on Jewish thought of the period regarding covenant, leadership in Israel, women in Israel, relations with Gentiles, divine providence, divine retribution, eschatology, and many other subjects. Furnishing a broad interpretive context for future work on the Biblical Antiquities, this study gives students of the Bible access to an important literary and religious product of first-century Judaism.

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"This is a readable, thoughtful and sensible study of one of the most important Jewish Palestinian documents from the Greco-Roman period."--Journal of Jewish Studies "Murphy has done us the service of making this otherwise obscure text accessible to all. Those who wish to consult Pseudo-Philo should make Murphy's book their first stop"--Lexington Theological Quarterly "This solid, if not always spectacular, work cataloguing the data of Pseudo-Philo will be much appreciated."--Journal of Theological Stusdies "This is a readable, thoughtful and sensible study of one of the most important Jewish Palestinian documents from the Greco-Roman period."--Journal of Jewish Studies "Murphy has done us the service of making this otherwise obscure text accessible to all. Those who wish to consult Pseudo-Philo should make Murphy's book their first stop"--Lexington Theological Quarterly "This solid, if not always spectacular, work cataloguing the data of Pseudo-Philo will be much appreciated."--Journal of Theological Stusdies

Abbreviationsp. xiii
Prologue
Introductionp. 3
Pseudo-Philo as Narrativep. 9
Narrative Commentary
From Adam to Joseph: Biblical Antiquities 1-8p. 29
Moses: Biblical Antiquities 9-19p. 52
Joshua: Biblical Antiquities 20-24p. 96
Kenaz: Biblical Antiquities 25-29p. 116
Deborah: Biblical Antiquities 30-33p. 136
From Aod to the Ascension of Phinehas: Biblical Antiquities 34-48p. 154
From Samuel to David: Biblical Antiquities 49-65p. 186
Broader Perspectives on Pseudo-Philo
Major Characters: God, Humanity, Israel, Leaders, Other Major Figuresp. 223
Major Themesp. 244
The Real Author in Historical Contextp. 262
Bibliographyp. 271
Concordance of Proper Namesp. 279
General Concordancep. 285
Index to Modern Authorsp. 311
Subject Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780195076226
ISBN-10: 0195076222
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 11th November 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.2  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.71

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