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Bibil Identifier bibil:219759
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Aseneth's Gaze Turns Swords into Dust
Author Jovanović, Ljubica
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 21, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 83-97 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article argues that Aseneth’s prayer and the divine response in Joseph and Aseneth 27.8 are later hagiological interpolations that reflect the concerns of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In the Hellenistic version of Joseph and Aseneth , the heroine performs her miraculous rescue using only her glance: the power accorded her sight fully corresponds with predominant theories of antiquity on the divine nature of light. Hellenistic audiences were familiar with the concept of emission of energy through the human eye, maintained by Plato, Euclid and Ptolomy, which under certain circumstances and divine favor could perform miracles. Hagiographically inspired editors, insisting that the miracle related not to Aseneth’s powerful gaze but to her piety and the divine response, added the lines and so shifted the focus from the powerful gaze to the power of piety.
DOI 10.1177/0951820711426744
Pericopes Joseph and Aseneth 27
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