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Bibil Identifier bibil:223650
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Defining the Excluded Middle: The Case of Ishmael in Jubilees
Author Francis, Michael
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 21, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 259-283 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This study explores the seemingly anomalous presentation of Ishmael in Jubilees. In a work in which an unbridgeable chasm separates Jewish and Gentile identities, the strikingly positive depiction of Abraham's natural firstborn is surprising. It is suggested that the genealogical considerations so prominent in Jubilees allow Ishmael to be treated as an unthreatening character: as son of an Egyptian mother, he cannot be mistaken for the primary covenant conduit; as brother of Isaac rather than the preeminent Jacob, his existence does not call into question the identity of the first Israelite proper. Beyond this, it is suggested that the favorable treatment of Ishmael in Jubilees is a matter of his full inclusion within the circle of covenant privilege. This is explained as a function of the laudable pedagogical instincts of Abraham, the friend of God, and, most significantly, the distinctive shape of covenant history in Jubilees.
DOI 10.1177/0951820712439830
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Moses : Jubilees
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ishmael
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Genealogy
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