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The Origins and Evolution of the Moses Nativity Story : Numen Books: Studies in the History of Religions - J. Cohen

The Origins and Evolution of the Moses Nativity Story

Numen Books: Studies in the History of Religions

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This book traces the development of the Moses nativity story from pre-Biblical sources through its Biblical formulation, and continues to trace its evolution in post-Biblical literature, from the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and Jewish Hellenistic writings, through Rabbinic literature, and up to Medieval Jewish exegesis. Influence of the Moses nativity story is also detected in Christian writings: hence this book also traces the evolution of the story in the New Testament and early Christian works.
This study uses a literary-typological approach, similar to that of the Gunkel-Gressmann school and the method used by Loewenstamm. However, unlike these scholars and their disciples, who focused primarily on the biblical stage, this book gives equal attention to all stages of the evolution of the birth story pattern; and, while providing a detailed analysis of each work, also focuses on continuity, tracing the path along which the literary pattern of the Moses nativity story developed.

'Recommended for biblical scholars as well as specialists in literary criticism and ancient biblical interpretation.' William Adler, Religious Studies Review, 1995.

Introductionp. 1
The Moses Nativity Story in the Biblep. 5
The Moses Nativity Story in Post-biblical Sourcesp. 29
The Book of Jubilees (46-47)p. 29
Ezekiel the Tragedianp. 32
Biblical Antiquities (Chapter 9)p. 37
Philop. 40
Flavius Josephusp. 46
Stephen's Orationp. 59
The Fresco at Dura-Europosp. 62
The Midrashp. 67
Differentiation of the Storyp. 67
Reasons for the Exile and the Decreesp. 71
Redemptionp. 76
The Length of the Enslavementp. 78
Dealing Wiselyp. 84
Lest they Multiply and the Enslavementp. 87
Lest They Multiply and Murder of the Sonsp. 91
The Hebrew Midwivesp. 92
The Annunciationp. 95
Abrahamp. 105
Mistakes of the Magiciansp. 106
The Fate of the Massesp. 108
Anonymity of the Parentsp. 115
The Second Marriagep. 117
The Three Months of Concealmentp. 121
Restoration of the Riverp. 121
One of the Hebrews' Childrenp. 124
Pharaoh's daughterp. 126
Typological Motifsp. 127
The Tale of the Crownp. 129
Concluding Remarksp. 131
The Asatirp. 137
Notes on Rashi's Commentaryp. 143
Christian Sourcesp. 157
The Gospel according to Matthewp. 157
The Protevangelium of Jamesp. 171
Appendix A. The Tidings to the Shepherds (Luke 2:6-20)p. 177
Appendix B. Notes on Ibn Ezra's Short and Long Commentariesp. 181
Appendix C. The Asatir, Chapters 8 and 9p. 187
Appendix D. List of Abbreviationsp. 189
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9789004096523
ISBN-10: 9004096523
Series: Numen Books: Studies in the History of Religions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st December 1992
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 16.46  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.53