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Bibil Identifier bibil:224705
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Whose Abraham, Which Promise? Genesis 15.6 in Philo's De Virtutibus and Romans 4
Author McFarland, Orrey
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 107-129 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article creates a dialogue between Philo’s and Paul the Apostle’s interpretations of Gen. 15.6—specifically, their understandings of Abraham’s faith. Both Philo and Paul see Abraham as functioning in a formally analogous way: for example, Abraham’s faith identifies him as a representative or paradigmatic figure for those who follow him. Yet Philo and Paul develop their interpretations in remarkably divergent fashions. Accordingly, this article will seek to discern the hermeneutical fault line that allows two near-contemporary readers of the same text to construe it so differently. As will be demonstrated, Philo reads Abraham’s story as the narrative of Abraham’s becoming virtuous, and thus how one attains virtue is the key to Philo’s hermeneutic; Paul, by contrast, interprets Abraham’s faith from the vantage point of the Christ-event, such that the focus is on the incongruity between God’s gift and the human recipient.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X12462658
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Philo of Alexandria
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Abraham
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Abraham
Pericopes Genesis 15,6
Romans 4
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