The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity

Encounters between Jewish and Christian Exegesis

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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.
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Biographical Note

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.

Review Quotes

' 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

Readership

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

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