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Bibil Identifier bibil:224745
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Flight of Hagar according to Josephus
Author Begg, Christopher T.
Journal Hermenêutica (Volume: 8)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 3-19 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay offers a detailed reading of Josephus’ account, in Ant. 1.186-190(191a), of Hagar’s flight in relation both to its biblical Vorlage (Genesis 16 in its various ancient text-forms) and the wider early Jewish tradition (Philo andGen. Rab. 45 in particular). Among the essay’s findings are that Josephus’ version streamlines the Genesis 16 story, while also attempting to resolve various problems posed by this and retouching the source portrayal of the chapter’s characters. In comparison with other early Jewish treatments of Genesis16, Josephus’ handling stands out as a rather extended paraphrase of the biblical narrative, that, as such, contrasts with the atomistic approach to the biblical data adopted by Philo and Genesis Rabbah, just as it eschews the former’s thoroughgoing allegorization of Hagar’s story.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Hagar
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Josephus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Philo of Alexandria
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Midrash : Exegetical Midrashim : Genesis Rabba (GenR)
Pericopes Genesis 16
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