Josepth and Aseneth


by Elaine Pardoe

[Elaine Pardoe is a third-year undergraduate in the M.Theol. program at the University of St. Andrews.–JRD]

In my seminar paper on Joseph and Aseneth I will discuss the most common issues regarding the book which scholars throughout the centuries have looked at. My starting point will be the views held by twentieth century scholars, as they generally tend to agree regarding the text’s date (between 100BC and AD 135), provenace (Egypt, probably Alexandria), and authorship (Jewish, possibly of Essene or Therapeutae origins).

There are, of course, some scholars who do not agree with the majority, and I will challenge the popular views of twentieth century scholars by presenting the views of Ross Kraemer, as found in her monograph _When Aseneth Met Joseph_.

In addition to this, I will also look at the honeycomb symbolism in Joseph and Aseneth and consider whether or not it can be linked to the manna of the Exodus tradition or to the Eucharistic traditions of the New Testament.

I will conclude my paper on Joseph and Aseneth by exploring the different possible reasons as to why this text was written in the first place.

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