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The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha : patriarchs and prophets in early Judaism

Author: D S Russell
Publisher: Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Fortress Press edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D S Russell
ISBN: 0800620550 9780800620554
OCLC Number: 15365165
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xv, 144 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Ancient Heroes : 1. The patriarchs: an idealized picture : a. In Philo ; b. In Josephus ; c. In the rabbinic literature --
2. Voices from the past : a. The Dead Sea Scrolls ; b. The pseudepigrapha --
3. What's in a name? The phenomenon of pseudonymity. II. In the beginning: Adam : 1. The Genesis story --
2. Sources in the pseudepigrapha --
3. The first Adam : a. As fallen man ; b. As exalted man. III. Two antediluvian heroes: Enoch and Noah : 1. Two men who 'walked with God' --
2. The Enoch literature --
3. The Enoch tradition (with Noah) : a. A righteous man ; b. A visionary ; c. A revealer of divine secrets ; d. A companion of angels. IV. Daniel, the wise man : 1. The name and its origin --
2. The book --
3. The additional material --
4. The man : a. A man of courage ; b. A man of wisdom ; c. A man of vision. V. Job, the patient sufferer : 1. The legend --
2. The literature --
3. The man : a. His kingly status ; b. His wealth ; c. His deeds of charity ; d. His victory over Satan ; e. His patient endurance ; f. His witness to heavenly realities. VI. The three patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob : 1. The sources --
2. Abraham : a. A legendary hero ; b. A religious genius ; c. Heir of the covenant ; d. Saintly, but severe --
3. Isaac : a. A virtuous man ; b. A companion of angels ; c. An ascetic priest ; d. A visitor to the other world --
4. Jacob : a. A man of moral rectitude ; b. A man of prayer ; c. A companion of angels. VII. The twelve patriarchs : 1. The twelve : a. The sons of Jacob: an ethical ideal ; b. Levi and Judah: God's anointed --
2. Joseph : a. A model of virtue ; b. A son of God. VIII. Two lawgivers: Moses and Ezra : 1. The Moses sources --
2. The Moses tradition : a. The founder of a culture ; b. An idealized hero ; c. A legendary figure ; d. A mediator of revelation ; e. A perfect teacher ; f. A prophet of future events --
3. Ezra, the 'second Moses' : a. The scribe ; b. The seer ; c. The critic. IX. Prophets and portents : 1. The sources --
2. The lives of the prophets : a. The major prophets ; b. The minor prophets ; c. Earlier prophets --
3. Two eschatological prophets : a. Elijah the forerunner ; b. 'A prophet like Moses'.
Responsibility: D.S. Russell.

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