quitatum Biblicarum is hereafter cited as LAB. The text is cited as it stands in the edition of GuImo KIscH, Pseudo-Philo’s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum, Publi-. One of the earliest and most important works of biblical interpretation is a Latin text that is commonly known as the Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum. It was written in . [German version]. (LAB or Ps.-Philo). Jewish work, probably originated between AD 70 and in Palestine. The position of the author is clearly shaped by the.

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The original language was most probably Bibllicarum. In its present form, it gives the narrative of the Hebrew people from Adam to Saul, although it probably was once more extensive. In places it merely gives the biblical text.

Chapter One. Pseudo Philo’s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum in: Metaphor and Ideology

More often, however, it has introduced additional material on the text, although not always in the expected place. It is a rich source for Jewish tradition as known in Palestine, in certain communities at least, during the first century A. Its traditions, emphases and themes are very important for the study of first century Judaism, especially of the Pharasaic or rabbinic type, bibicarum also may be of importance for understanding the New Testament.


The author’s interests, for instance, have been compared with those of St.

Luke, particularly in the third Gospel. With Saul’s dying order to the Amalekites to say to David, ‘Thus says Saul, Do not remember my hatred and my injustice,’ th narrative breaks off, twice referring the reader to the book of Judges and once to I Samuel for additional information. A date prior to AD 70 and perhaps around the time of Jesus is suggested by the kind of Old Testament text used in the book, the free attitude towards the text, the interest in the sacrifices and other things pertaining to cult, and the silence about the destruction of the temple.

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These same points, as well as the likelihood xntiquitatum LAB was composed in Hebrew, indicate a Palestinian origin. The traditions recorded therein are ancient cf.

Vermes, Scripture and Tradition in Judaism: Haggadic Studies2d. Brill, ; passimand the work itself is rather early, dating probably from around A. Dietzfelbinger dates Ps-Philo between A.


The author probably lived in Palestine cf. Feldman’s caution regarding the possibility of Greek, no.

Some scholars have argued for a relationship with the Dead Sea Scrolls e. Please buy the CD to biboicarum the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff!

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