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Bibil Identifier bibil:219761
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Jesus, Morton Smith, and the Eighth Book of Moses (PGM 13.1-734)
Author Klutz, Todd
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 133-159 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The late Morton Q. Smith’s innovative interpretation of PGM 13.1-734 as containing not merely two but three different versions of the Eighth Book of Moses (hereafter Moses VIII) was built on assumptions which have not been critically examined either in scholarship on that text or in critical discussion of Smith’s use of the magical papyri in his book Jesus the Magician . Critical examination of those assumptions would suggest that Smith’s negative evaluation of Moses VIII’s world-view exercised inappropriate influence both on his translation of the text and on his views concerning its sources and literary structure. As a critical alternative to Smith’s views, the present article provides new lines of support for holding, in agreement with pre-Smith scholarship, that only two versions of Moses VIII are present in PGM 13.1-734. A comparative analysis of the two versions is also offered, wherein version B (lines 343-734) is seen as representing the earlier stage in the development of the tradition, and version A (lines 1-343) is contextualized as a fourth-century CE Christianized redaction that belongs in part to the reception history of the New Testament Gospels and Acts.
DOI 10.1177/0951820711426746
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Greek Magical Papyri
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Moses
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