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Bibil Identifier bibil:221603
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Interpreting the Ninevites' Repentance
Title (English, ) Jewish and Christian Exegetes in Late Antique Mesopotamia
Author Shepardson, Christine
Journal Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume: 14, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 249-277 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The story of Jonah and the repentance of the Ninevites has a rich history of interpretation in Jewish and Christian communities, and the Syriac Christian mēmrā on Jonah attributed to Ephrem proves particularly interesting in light of exegetical differences between the Yerushalmi and the Bavli. Like the Bavli, this Christian mēmrā describes the Ninevites’’ repentance in superlative terms, but in the Christian text high praise for their repentance leads directly to sharp contrasts between the praiseworthy gentile Ninevites and Jonah’’s sinful people. This mēmrā’’s anti-Jewish expansion of the Jonah story, side by side with the mēmrā’’s and Bavli’’s shared vulnerable uses of the Ninevites as superior role models for their own communities, attests to the intricate and unique complexities of ““Christian”” and ““Jewish”” biblical interpretation——and their relation to one another——in late antique Mesopotamia.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Jonah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Niniveh
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : Antiquity (-> 7th cent.)
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