Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism Hardback

From Sirach to 2 Baruch

by John R. Levison;

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Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism

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This book provides the most thorough and systematic analysis of early Jewish interpretations of Adam currently available. With detailed exegesis Levison demonstrates that each early Jewish author painted a unique portrait of Adam by utilizing Adam to express a particular, preconceived theological Tendenz. This study therefore displaces the notion that a unified Adam mythology existed in early Judaism with the recognition that each author readily adapted the early chapters of Genesis according to specific needs and aims. Alongside an introduction which surveys studies of early Jewish interpretations of Adam and studies on the Adam cycle, this book contains analyses of all relevant passages from Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon, Philo, Jubilees, Josephus, 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, Apocalypse of Moses and Vita Adae et Evae. This monograph is an indispensable tool for both Old and New Testament studies, providing a variety of early Jewish examples of biblical exegesis from c. 200 BCE to 135 CE, as well as insight into the milieu within which Paul and other early Christian writers formulated their own unique interpretations of Adam.

Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism by John R. Levison was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in January 2015. The ISBN for Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism is 9781474230315.

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Details for Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (January 2015)
Number of Pages272
Thickness16 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4310062
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