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The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity: Encounters between Jewish and Christian Exegesis
Grypeou, Emmanouela and Helen Spurling

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. x + 537. $252

Series Information
Jewish and Christian Perspectives, 24

Description: 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 Ďencountersí 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, Jacobís 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.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, Comparative Religion, Judaism, Christianity

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Review by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Published 10/5/2014
Citation: Jeffrey L. Morrow, review of Emmanouela Grypeou and Helen Spurling, The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity: Encounters between Jewish and Christian Exegesis, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2014).

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