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Bibil Identifier bibil:223830
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Joseph and Aseneth: Loyalty, Traitors, Antiquity and Diasporan Identity
Author Hacham, Noah
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 53-67 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The final part of Joseph and Aseneth (chs. 23–29) tells a story that seems unconnected to the main part of the book. It recounts an attempt by Pharaoh's son to kill Joseph and Aseneth, his death and Joseph's 48-year rule over Egypt. Scholarly research barely relates to this story, probably since it inhabits the margins of the love story of Joseph and Aseneth. Neither does this story contribute any valuable commentary on the biblical Genesis narrative. It is suggested that this part of the book underscores the unbroken Jewish loyalty to the Ptolemaic-Egyptian regime in the unique circumstances of deep-rooted Jewish participation in that regime alongside adversarial elites, as well as the need to exhibit and emphasize Jewish loyalty while also depicting an internecine struggle within the royal family. The probable date of the book is therefore the last decade of the second century or the first two decades of the first century BCE.
DOI 10.1177/0951820712458641
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic)
Pericopes Joseph and Aseneth 23-29
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