The Apocalypse of Abraham is a pseudepigraphal work that narrates Abraham’s rejection of idol worship and his subsequent ascent to heaven, where he is shown eschatological secrets through angelic mediation. This fascinating text was only preserved in Old Church Slavonic and must be studied as both a medieval Christian and an ancient Jewish text. This monograph addresses the following questions:
-Why were medieval Slavs translating and reading Jewish pseudepigrapha?
-How much, if at all, did they emend or edit the Apocalypse of Abraham?
-When in antiquity was it most likely written?
-What were its ancient Jewish social and theological contexts?
Amy Paulsen-Reed, Th.D. (2016), studied Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on ancient Jewish biblical interpretation. Her early academic interests were modern Hebrew and Russian language and literature, which developed into a scholarly focus on biblical Hebrew and pseudepigraphal, apocalyptic, and Rabbinic literature. She is currently pursuing a career in publishing as the Academic Sales Manager and Acquisitions Editor at Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA.
1Laying the Groundwork 1 Methodological Considerations
2From Byzantium to Bulgaria 1 Early Bulgarian Literary Activity
2 The Popularity of the Pseudepigrapha in Bulgaria
3 The Indices of Forbidden Books in Bulgaria
4 Literary Compilations and Works in Bulgaria
5 Translation Practices
6 Bulgarian Literary Creativity
3The Bogomils 1 Bogomil Beliefs
2 The Spread of Bogomilism
3 Bogomil Literary Activity
4From Bulgaria to Rus 1 Literary Activity in Rus
5Jews in Slavic Lands 1 Translations from Hebrew into Slavonic?
6The Original Language of the Apocalypse of Abraham
7The Structure and Unity of the Apocalypse of Abraham 1 Structure
2 Textual Unity
8Christian Emendations and Interpolations
9The Themes, Messages and Functions of the Apocalypse of Abraham 1 Did the Destruction of the Second Temple Create a Religious Crisis?
4 The Law
5 Purity and Ritual
8 The Romans
9 Grief and Distress
12 Free Will
104 Ezra, 2 Baruch, and the Apocalypse of Abraham: A Comparative Analysis 1 Introduction
1.1 The relationship between 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch
2 4 Ezra
3 2 Baruch
11The Social Setting of the Apocalypse of Abraham 1 Methodological Considerations
2 Apocalyptic Literature and Sectarianism
3 The Social Setting of Opaque Texts: Lessons from Midrash Studies
12The Exegetical Context of the Apocalypse of Abraham 1 Rabbinic Parallels
This book is for scholars and graduate students in the areas of Hebrew Bible, ancient Jewish biblical interpretation, apocalyptic literature, and the Pseudepigrapha, and it will be at home in academic libraries.