The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity: Encounters between Jewish and Christian Exegesis examines the relationship between rabbinic and Christian exegetical writings of Late Antiquity in the Eastern Roman Empire and Mesopotamia. The volume identifies and analyses evidence of potential `encounters' between rabbinic and Christian interpretations of the book of Genesis. Each chapter investigates exegesis of a different episode of Genesis, including the Paradise Story, Cain and Abel, the Flood Story, Abraham and Melchizedek, Hagar and Ishmael, Jacob's Ladder, Joseph and Potiphar and the Blessing on Judah. The book discusses a wide range of Jewish and Christian literature, including primarily rabbinic and patristic traditions, but also apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Philo and Josephus. The volume sheds light on the history of the relationship between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity, and brings together two scholars (of Rabbinics and of Eastern Christianity) in a truly collaborative work. The research was funded by an award from the Leverhulme Trust at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge, UK, and the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies of the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK.
Number of pages: 538
Weight: 935 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 33 mm
'As a readable and well-formatted sourcebook it can be considered a helpful resource for libraries. The authors also expose an understudied area [of] potential exegetical encounters between rabbinic Judaism and eastern Christainity. This idea makes the book fascinating and [...] the wealth of evidence threatens to expose remnants of lively exegetical encounters into the medieval period that could very well dramatically alter the way that certain authors, exegetical tropes, ideological developments and Genesis' Rezeptionsgeschichtehave heretofore been understood.' Carson Bay, Florida State University, Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies 2 (2017)
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