Testament of Abraham

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Walter de Gruyter, 2003 - Religion - 527 pages

This first verse-by-verse commentary on the Greek text of the Testament of Abraham places the work within the history of both Jewish and Christian literature. It emphasizes the literary artistry and comedic nature of the Testament, brings to the task of interpretation a mass of comparative material, and establishes that, although the Testament goes back to a Jewish tale of the first or second century CE, the Christian elements are much more extensive than has previously been realized. The commentary further highlights the dependence of the Testament upon both Greco-Roman mythology and the Jewish Bible. This should be the standard commentary for years to come.

 

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Contents

The Greek Texts
4
The Relation of the Two Greek Recensions
12
Jewish or Christian?
28
Chapter 1
63
Michael and Abraham meet Each Other
82
Chapter 3
101
Chapter 4
125
Chapter 5
147
Chapter 11
230
Chapter 12
253
The Judgment Interpreted
274
Chapter 14
294
Chapter 15
307
Chapter 17
333
The Resurrection of Abrahams Servants
359
Chapter 20
381

Recognition of Michaels Identity
157
Chapter 7
171
Gods Speech
186
Chapter 9
199
Abraham surveys the World
216

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About the author (2003)

Dale C. Allison Jr. is Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa./USA.

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