By Randall D. Chesnutt

ISBN-10: 1850755167

ISBN-13: 9781850755166

This monograph, the 1st in English on any point of Joseph and Aseneth, examines Aseneth's conversion as narrated during this vital yet ignored apocryphal Jewish romance. an intensive historical past of study on Joseph and Aseneth and an research of key concerns resembling textual content, unique language, personality, provenance, date, and style, precede and tell the learn of conversion. the tale of Aseneth's conversion has too usually been understood at the foundation of untimely and superficial comparisons with different paradigms of conversion and initiation within the Hellenistic international. As a corrective, Chesnutt assigns precedence to descriptive over comparative research. He attracts comparisons and contrasts with different types of conversion and initiation purely after he has conscientiously tested Aseneth's conversion in its personal correct in the literary context of Joseph and Aseneth and the social context which the rfile itself displays. the eye not just to conversion but additionally to a lot broader social and spiritual dimensions of Judaism in antiquity makes this e-book very important for experts in Christian origins, Greco-Roman religions, women's experiences, and patristics, in addition to the background of Judaism.

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H. \ Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1909-1938), V, pp. 374-75. 68. Legends, V, p. 374. 69. Die Religion des Judentums, p. 24. So also Bousset, Die Religion des Judentums im späthellenistischen Zeitalter (ed. H. Gressmann; HNT, 21; Tübingen: Mohr, 1926), p. 24. 70. 'Joseph und Aseneth', RGG2, III, col. 379. 71. 'vuuxpTi, vvuxpioc', ThWNT, IV, p. 1095 (ET: TDNT, IV, p. 1102. See also E. Stauffer, 'ya^éœ, yauoç', ThWNT, I, pp. 654-55. (ET: TDNT, I, pp. 654-55). 74 In the Valentinian myth of Sophia-Achamoth's separation from the Pleroma and redemption by Christ-Soter, Priebatsch found a close analogy to the story of Aseneth's tribulation and deliverance.

Frerichs; Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1985), pp. 176-77. 166. The Jewish and Christian World 200 EC to AD 200 (Cambridge Commentaries on Writings of the Jewish and Christian World 200 BC to AD 200, 7; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984), pp. 169-70. 167. 1; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 5, 9. Bartlett mentions Joseph and Aseneth only in passing. 168. 'Joseph and Aseneth', in Outside the Old Testament (éd. M. de Jonge; Cambridge Commentaries on Writings of the Jewish and Christian World 200 BC to AD 200,4; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp.

167. 1; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 5, 9. Bartlett mentions Joseph and Aseneth only in passing. 168. 'Joseph and Aseneth', in Outside the Old Testament (éd. M. de Jonge; Cambridge Commentaries on Writings of the Jewish and Christian World 200 BC to AD 200,4; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 92-110. 169. E. Schürer, The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ (ed. G. ; Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1973-86), m. 1, pp. 546-52. 170. 'Narrative Literature', Early Judaism and its Modern Interpreters (ed.

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