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.
Emmanouela Grypeou has a Ph.D. in Languages and Cultures of the Christian Orient from the University of Tübingen, and is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford, U.K. Her previous publications include
Das vollkommene Pascha: Gnostische Bibelexegese und gnostische Ethik (2005, Wiesbaden) and (together with M.Swanson and D. Thomas, eds)
The Encounter of Eastern Christianity with Early Islam (2006, Leiden). She is currently working on Eastern Christian and Byzantine apocalyptic and exegetical literature.
Helen Spurling has a Ph.D. in Rabbinics, with particular focus on Midrashic Literature, from the University of Cambridge. She is the Karten Outreach Fellow at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, UK. Her previous publications include (together with E. Grypeou, eds) The Exegetical Encounter between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity (Leiden, 2009), and her current research investigates Jewish apocalyptic literature from Late Antiquity.
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)
Table of contents
Introduction IN PARADISE: ADAM FROM CREATION TO RESURRECITON Rabbinic Traditions Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained: The Christian Approach The Exegetical Encounter CAIN AND ABEL Rabbinic Traditions The Christian Tradition The Exegetical Encounter THE FLOOD STORY Rabbinic Traditions The Christian Tradition The Exegetical Encounter ABRAHAM AND MELCHIZEDEK Rabbinic Traditions The Christian Tradition The Exegetical Encounter HAGAR AND ISHMAEL The Rabbinic Traditions The Christian Tradition The Exegetical Encounter JACOB’S LADDER Rabbinic Traditions The Christian Tradition The Exegetical Encounter JOSEPH AND POTIPHAR Rabbinic Traditions The Christian Approach The Exegetical Encounter THE BLESSING ON JUDAH Rabbinic Traditions Jacob’s Blessing on Judah: The Christian Approach The Exegetical Encounter CONCLUSIONS
All those interested in Biblical Studies, Patristic and Rabbinic Literature, the History of Biblical Exegesis, Jewish Studies, the Religious History of Late Antiquity and the Relations between Christians and Jews in Late Antiquity