By Emmanouela Grypeou, Helen Spurling
The ebook of Genesis in overdue Antiquity: Encounters among Jewish and Christian Exegesis examines the connection among rabbinic and Christian exegetical writings of past due Antiquity within the japanese Roman Empire and Mesopotamia.
The quantity identifies and analyses proof of power ‘encounters’ among rabbinic and Christian interpretations of the ebook of Genesis. every one bankruptcy investigates exegesis of a distinct episode of Genesis, together with the Paradise tale, Cain and Abel, the Flood tale, Abraham and Melchizedek, Hagar and Ishmael, Jacob’s Ladder, Joseph and Potiphar and the Blessing on Judah. The ebook discusses a variety of Jewish and Christian literature, together with basically rabbinic and patristic traditions, but additionally apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Philo and Josephus.
The quantity sheds mild at the heritage of the connection among Jews and Christians in past due Antiquity, and brings jointly students (of Rabbinics and of jap Christianity) in a really collaborative work.
The examine was once funded through an award from the Leverhulme belief on the Centre for the learn of Jewish-Christian family, Cambridge, united kingdom, and the Centre for complex spiritual and Theological reports of the school of Divinity, college of Cambridge, united kingdom.
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An additional complicating factor is that the textual history of Jewish and Christian sources in Late Antiquity is unavoidably fragmented. The preservation of texts can often have a complex transmission history influenced by internal power struggles or purely random events, such as natural catastrophes. 114 Taking into consideration the above remarks on the process of encounter, a situation is envisaged in which the evidence for exegetical encounters exists as a result of long and elaborate processes, filtered by precise methodological approaches, often also manipulated by specific theological intentions, and perhaps occasionally influenced by other circumstantial factors that remain undisclosed.
32 introduction is a tradition simply an extension of the wording, motifs and concepts found in the biblical narrative? 116 The first stage is to trace alternative approaches to the same question raised by the biblical text. In this way, different exegetical arguments on a given issue can be distinguished. Rabbinic traditions often outline a variety of exegetical approaches, frequently accompanied by rabbinic opinions and/or disputes over meaning; these are delineated for the selected traditions under discussion.