Edith Humphrey, who offers a useful and balanced review of Bohak's argument,
challenges the notion that Joseph and Aseneth may be reduced to having only
such a narrow, single purpose (Joseph and Aseneth, 33–37). See Chesnutt,
Author: Jill Hicks-Keeton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Arguing with Aseneth shows how the ancient Jewish romance known as Joseph and Aseneth moves a minor character in Genesis from obscurity to renown, weaving a new story whose main purpose was to intervene in ancient Jewish debates surrounding gentile access to Israel's God. Written in Greco-Roman Egypt around the turn of the era, Joseph and Aseneth combines the genre of the ancient Greek novel with scriptural characters from the story of Joseph as it retells Israel's mythic past to negotiate communal boundaries in its own present. With attention to the ways in which Aseneth's tale "remixes" Genesis, wrestles with Deuteronomic theology, and adopts prophetic visions of the future, Arguing with Aseneth demonstrates that this ancient novel inscribes into Israel's sacred narrative a precedent for gentile inclusion in the people belonging to Israel's God. Aseneth is transformed from material mother of the sons of Joseph to a mediator of God's mercy and life to future penitents, Jew and gentile alike. Yet not all Jewish thinkers in antiquity drew boundary lines the same way or in the same place. Arguing with Aseneth traces, then, not only the way in which Joseph and Aseneth affirms the possibility of gentile incorporation but also ways in which other ancient Jewish thinkers, including the apostle Paul, would have argued back, contesting Joseph and Aseneth's very conclusions or offering alternative, competing strategies of inclusion. With its use of a female protagonist, Joseph and Aseneth offers a distinctive model of gentile incorporation--one that eschews lines of patrilineal descent and undermines ethnicity and genealogy as necessary markers of belonging. Such a reading of this narrative shows us that we need to rethink our accounts of how ancient Jewish thinkers, including our earliest example from the Jesus Movement, negotiated who was in and who was out when it came to the people of Israel's God.
Arguing with Aseneth reads the ancient romance Joseph and Aseneth as a participant in ancient Jewish debates around gentile access to Israel's God.
Author: Jill Hicks-Keeton
Category: Gentiles in the Bible
Aseneth is cursed with beauty, which draws men to her like flies to a carnivorous plant. Even the son of Pharaoh wants her for himself and plots to get her. This volume also contains a lengthy chapter on Celestial Femininity.
Author: Lawanna Stroupe
Aseneth is the daughter of the chief priest of the sun god in Heliopolis. She is a spoiled, arrogant child who disdains all men, and even disrespects her father. Aseneth is cursed with beauty, which draws men to her like flies to a carnivorous plant. Even the son of Pharaoh wants her for himself and plots to get her. This volume also contains a lengthy chapter on Celestial Femininity. Many modern women struggle with the misconception that the ancients knew little to nothing about the divine status of women from either early Jewish or Christian sources. This is not true. A great deal was known and practiced before Lucifer removed it for his own reasons.
Ross Shepard Kraemer has noted that what is special about the case of Aseneth '
s encounter with the angel is that Aseneth calls down the angel to herself .
Moreover , Kraemer argues that Aseneth was herself transformed into an angel .
Author: April D. De Conick
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A substantial introduction to the study of early Jewish and Christian mysticism, this volume examines major aspects of the mystical tradition within early Judaism and Christianity. This tradition was centered on the belief that a person directly, immediately, and before death can experience the divine, either as a rapture experience or one solicited by a particular praxis. The essays define and analyze the nature and practices of mysticism as it emerges within early Judaism and Christianity, recognizing this emergence within a variety of communal environments. Larger questions about the relationship between hermeneutics and experience, as well as the relationship between mysticism and apocalypticism are also discussed, and a substantial bibliography of the field is provided. The book is the result of ten years of work of the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism unit of the Society of Biblical Literature. The contributors are Cameron C. Afzal, Daphna Arbel, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Ra'anan S. Boustan, James R. Davila, April D. DeConick, Celia Deutsch, Rachel Elior, Frances Flannery-Dailey, Charles A. Gieschen, Rebecca Lesses, Andrea Lieber, Christopher R. A. Morray-Jones, Andrei A. Orlov, Christopher Rowland, Seth L. Sanders, Alan F. Segal, and Kevin Sullivan. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)
affiliation , 24 and Qumran fever in the study of Joseph and Aseneth quickly
abated . However , three recent studies have attempted to revive the Essene
hypothesis . R. T. Beckwith bases his argument on calendrical concerns .
Author: James H. Charlesworth
These three volumes, the very best of critical scholarship, demonstrate in detail how the scrolls have revolutionized our knowledge of the text of the Bible, the character of Second Temple Judaism, and the Jewish beginnings of Christianity.--Adolfo Roitman, Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Author: Gideon Bohak
Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
Philonenko argues that Joseph and Aseneth follows exactly the contemporary
romanticlerotic genre , although this is open to question . For example , the novel
lacks the titillation and graphic descriptions of Apuleius ' s Golden Ass , or the ...
Category: Jewish way of life
The wedding of Joseph and Aseneth can now take place . Howard Clark Kee
argues that there are similarities between the conversion of Aseneth and the
conversion of Lucius in The Golden Ass.50 In Apuleius ' story , Queen Isis
appears to ...
Author: Peter Jerome Haas
Publisher: University of South Florida
An all inclusive resource on the role of women in Rabbinic Jewish society.
14 Joseph and Aseneth , like Acts , is concerned with how Gentiles can be joined
to the household of God , although it gives a different answer . How , then , do the
visions function within Luke ' s major argument ? It can be seen from the ...
Author: Edith McEwan Humphrey
Demonstrates how New Testament vision accounts conveyed and reinforced messages meant to impact hearers and readers.
According to O ' Neill , Aseneth is not a proselyte but the daughter of Dinah ( so
Tg . Ps . - J . and various Midrashim ) and thus a ... Against Runia and others ,
Kamesar argues that the quote may not be derived from a lost portion of Philo ' s
Category: Electronic journals
This volume is a comprehensive but accessible guide to the major questions raised by the Hellenistic Jewish work, Joseph and Aseneth.
Author: Edith M. Humphrey
Publisher: A&C Black
This volume is a comprehensive but accessible guide to the major questions raised by the Hellenistic Jewish work, Joseph and Aseneth. Joseph and Aseneth is an excellent example of the controverted issues of text, dating and Sitz im Leben, when such decisions must be largely based on internal evidence. It provides an entre into the vexed question of genre, given the numerous literary links that have been suggested for it. Its mysterious but engaging plot, and its female protagonist, evoke ongoing sociological and feminist debate. It is thus strongly commended for careful study to students and scholars of Judaism, New Testament, sociology and narratology. Intended as a sound basis for such exploration, this guide also offers a fresh narrative reading in which the revelatory character of Joseph and Aseneth is brought to the forefront.
JOSEPH AND ASENETH - JOSEPH , HISTORY OF 193 The old flame rekindles ,
and he hatches a plot life , blessed ... a significant challenge , seventh centuries
C . E . None of the six extant which rejects these conclusions and argues for a ...
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Category: Literary Criticism
The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity offers easily accessible introductions to the content and historical setting of the main writings of Greco-Roman paganism, early Judaism, and formative Christianity from the period of Alexander the Great to Mohammed. Examining over seven hundred ancient texts, the Encyclopedia provides for each document details of authorship and provenance, a statement of the text's content and place within its religious tradition, a listing of editions and commentaries, and a bibliography of the pertinent scholarly literature. The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity is an unparalleled resource both for general readers and for scholars of ancient religion and philosophy.
This is the study of an anonymous ancient work, usually called Joseph and Aseneth, which narrates the transformation of the daughter of an Egyptian priest into an acceptable spouse for the biblical Joseph, whose marriage to Aseneth is given ...
Author: Ross Shepard Kraemer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This is the study of an anonymous ancient work, usually called Joseph and Aseneth, which narrates the transformation of the daughter of an Egyptian priest into an acceptable spouse for the biblical Joseph, whose marriage to Aseneth is given brief notice in Genesis. Kraemer takes issue with the scholarly consensus that the tale is a Jewish conversion story composed no later than the early second century C.E. Instead, she dates it to the third or fourth century C.E., and argues that, although no definitive answer is presently possible, it may well be a Christian account. This critique also raises larger issues about the dating and identification of many similar writings, known as pseudepigrapha. Kraemer reads its account of Aseneth's interactions with an angelic double of Joseph in the context of ancient accounts of encounters with powerful divine beings, including the sun god Helios, and of Neoplatonic ideas about the fate of souls.When Aseneth Met Joseph demonstrates the centrality of ideas about gender in the representation of Aseneth and, by extension, offers implications for broader concerns about gender in Late Antiquity.
Conversion in Joseph and Aseneth ( Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha
Supplement 16 ) . 1995 . Pp . 308. ( Sheffield Academic Press . Price : £ 37.50 $
56.00 . ISBN 1 85075 516 7 ; ISSN 0951 8215 ) C. argues that Aseneth's ...
Author: Society for Old Testament Study
Category: Christian antiquities
Focus is on the study of Christianity in the context of late ancient societies and religions from C.E. 100-700.
20Gideon Bohak ' s recent argument that Joseph and Aseneth was written as an
apology for Onias ' temple , while interesting , fails to convince . See Gideon
Bohak , Joseph and Aseneth and the Jewish Temple in Heliopolis ( Atlanta ...
Author: Donald D. Binder
Binder explores both the Jewish congregations and the buildings they met in throughout the Middle East from the late sixth century BCE, and the earliest known synagogue (at the time of his writing) to 70 CE, which marks the cessation of the Temple cult, the abrupt termination of the high priestly hegemony that had mostly administered affairs in Palestine since the end of the Babylonian exile, and a major change in Jewish worship and community life throughout the Roman Empire. A companion website provides new information such as Ehud Netzer's March 1998 discovery of what may the oldest synagogue yet. The dissertation was for Southern Methodist University in 1997.
On their respective value see Burchard , Untersuchungen 46 - 49 . 148 Le Livre
de la Prière d ' Aseneth , Studia Patristica Fasc 2 ( Paris : 1890 ) 1 - 87 . 149
Joseph et Aséneth ( Leiden : 1968 ) . 150 Philonenko argues , ibid . 3 - 11 , 16 -
Author: Brendan J. Byrne
Category: Adoption (Theology)
Randall D. Chestnutt , in his substantial work From Death to Life : Conversion in
Joseph and Aseneth , argues that its author sought to enhance the status of
females who converted to Judaism . Shortly thereafter , Gideon Bohak argued
that it ...
192 From Fiction to History : Contextualizing Joseph and Aseneth Gideon Bohak
, University of Michigan Having devoted an entire monograph to examining the
original social context of Joseph and Aseneth , I will not reiterate my arguments ...
Author: American Academy of Religion. Meeting
115-23 , argues that Asenath is identified with the heavenly Jerusalem but ,
though the transference of some Jerusalem salvation imagery to Asenath is
correctly noted , there is nothing sufficiently specific to show a deliberate
Author: Emil Schürer
Publisher: Burns & Oates
Critical presentation of the whole evidence concerning Jewish history, institutions, and literature from 175 BC to AD 135; with updated bibliographies.