By Randall D. Chesnutt
This monograph, the 1st in English on any element of Joseph and Aseneth, examines Aseneth's conversion as narrated during this very important yet overlooked apocryphal Jewish romance. an intensive heritage of study on Joseph and Aseneth and an research of key matters corresponding to textual content, unique language, personality, provenance, date, and style, precede and tell the learn of conversion. the tale of Aseneth's conversion has too usually been understood at the foundation of untimely and superficial comparisons with different paradigms of conversion and initiation within the Hellenistic international. As a corrective, Chesnutt assigns precedence to descriptive over comparative research. He attracts comparisons and contrasts with different versions of conversion and initiation simply after he has conscientiously tested Aseneth's conversion in its personal correct in the literary context of Joseph and Aseneth and the social context which the record itself displays. the eye not just to conversion but additionally to a lot broader social and spiritual dimensions of Judaism in antiquity makes this ebook very important for experts in Christian origins, Greco-Roman religions, women's experiences, and patristics, in addition to the heritage of Judaism.
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